Category - Food Safety

11
Jan

Wooden Chopping Board Safety

Wooden boards have increasingly been used in a variety of catering units for both serving and displaying ready-to-eat products.  However, they are regularly identified by Environmental Health professionals as a real food safety issue due to many being very worn, hard to clean and therefore increasing the risk of contamination. In October 2016 a restaurant …

11
Jan

Allergen Awareness

Allergens, allergens, allergens. This is really a key focus in food safety law and rightly so with an increasing number of deaths over the past year resulting from poor food allergen procedures and information. Poor understanding and practices in this area has led to a number of large fines and even prison sentencing for business …

5
Dec

Reviewing your risk assesments

How often should you be reviewing your risk assessments? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says risk should be assessed “every time there are new machines, substances and procedures, which could lead to new hazards.” An employer should carry out a risk assessment: whenever a new job brings in significant new hazards. Few workplaces stay the same and companies should …

5
Dec

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme having a positive effect

The FSA have published a new Science Report by its Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Guy Poppy. Professor Poppy looks at the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), and its impact on food safety especially where the scheme is mandatory. Professor Poppy said: ‘The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been a significant development for food safety and …

5
Dec

Pub Operator Greene King fined £150k

Greene King received a £150k Health and Safety fine last month after a teenager suffered severe burns, blisters and scars after being scalded by hot water carried through a busy kitchen in an ice cream container. This is their first fine under health and safety legislation in its 218-year history. On investigation, it was discovered that the …

15
Nov

Staying safe over the festive period!

The countdown to Christmas has begun! Here is an overview of the steps you need to ensure you are taking to ensure your customers and staff have a safe as well as enjoyable festive season. General food safety tips: With food poisoning allegations generally on the increase during the Christmas period, planning ahead is essential. …

11
Oct

FSA Egg safety update

After review of scientific evidence and findings from an advisory committee, The Food Standards Agency has concluded that consumption of raw and lightly cooked eggs, with the British Lion mark stamp, are safe. This advice applies to infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people. The revised advice is based on the latest scientific evidence and …

5
Oct

Allergen labelling – An overview

Since the inception of the allergen food labelling laws there have been multiple reported cases of breaches in food safety legislation. Recent cases have included fatalities, hospitalisation of customers due to allergic reactions, and numerous failings uncovered during EHO inspections. The implementation of the sentencing guidance last year has meant record fines have been issued and prison …

5
Oct

Investigation into Chicken Scandal

There have been widespread reports in the media recently of an undercover sting operation at a major supermarket chicken supplier in West Bromich.  Food safety breaches were uncovered as well as a myriad of poor standards. It has been claimed an undercover reporter witnessed workers changing the “kill dates” on chickens to extend shelf life. They also …

1
Sep

Eggs contaminated with Fipronil

Egg safety has been brought back into the spotlight recently as news has unfolded of contaminated eggs being found and used in processed foods in Europe, including the UK. This has resulted in millions of eggs being pulled from supermarket shelves in more than a dozen European countries, including the UK. According to reports, the insecticide …

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