Archives - May 2016

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May

Investigating a food poisoning complaint

We have witnessed a recent influx of alleged food poisoning complaints to the CSC helpline, it is therefore more critical than ever for our clients to ensure they are fully compliant with food safety legislation. The increase in the litigation culture and recent introduction of the new sentencing guidance means that food establishments are at …

10
May

Equipment Safety: Hand trapped in pastry machine

Following an accident in which a worker suffered partial de-gloving of his hand when his hand was pulled through a pastry lid maker, a food manufacturing firm (Thomas of York Ltd in Helmsley, York) pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and was fined £6,500 with £691.45 costs at Northallerton …

10
May

Insanitary food practice: Don’t get caught out

Since the introduction of the sentencing guidelines, the impact of food safety prosecutions is really and truly being felt across the industry. Here we discuss several recent cases. The owner of The Grape Inn, Teeside were ordered to pay £30,890 after EHO’S found rat droppings in storage areas, poor hygiene disciplines and expired food, both the …

10
May

Prosecution news: Safety breaches cause injury and death

Since February 2016, the implementation of the Sentencing Guidelines has seen a marked increase in fines and prison terms with directors of companies facing significant penalties.  In recent Health and Safety prosecution news, one man has been jailed for six years and another for eight months after two incidents on the same day left one …

10
May

Consumers demand good food hygiene ratings. Are you ready to publicly display your rating?

  Recent research from checkit.net has found that as much as 75% of diners wouldn’t risk eating at an outlet that has been implicated in a food hygiene incident, and almost half of those said they would not return to the restaurant under any circumstances. Some customers said they would consider returning if the outlet …