Category - Food Safety


Major improvements required as big brand coffee shop gets hygiene rating of 1

In recent months matters regarding hygiene ratings and allergen management have made headlines. With consumer awareness on the increase and recent fatalities involving allergens, the need for superior food standards has never been more important. A well known coffee shop on Gentleman’s Walk, Norwich was given a Hygiene rating of 1 by food hygiene officers …


Norovirus Guidance and Advice

As the Winter is upon us again, this time of the year often sees an increase in the winter vomiting bug commonly known as Norovirus (Norwalk Virus). Norovirus is contagious and can spread very fast. It is therefore imperative that adequate controls are put in place to prevent an outbreak from occurring and to contain …


The CSC guide to a joyous (and safe) festive season!

The festive season is upon us again and the countdown to Christmas has begun! With Christmas parties and festivities being planned, it is important for employers and businesses to be aware of potential health and safety hazards so that everyone can enjoy this special period. We revisit the CSC festive season guidance: Here is an …


Allergen death prosecution: food business operators jailed of manslaughter

Over the last couple of years, the word allergens has become commonplace in the media and everyday conversation. It is most relevant to the 2 million people in the UK whose lives are directly affected by allergens which can have fatal consequences if not understood, managed and controlled well. In recent months there has been …


Recent fatalities make allergen awareness and safety a top priority

In recent weeks, deaths associated with allergens have made international headlines. Since the introduction of the Allergen labelling law in 2014, it would appear that the food industry still has a long way to go with effective management of allergen policies. We look at recent allergen cases and revisit the CSC allergen guidance to make …


Restaurant owner fined and banned for fraud over food hygiene rating display

There have been a few instances of false representation and misleading the public when displaying food hygiene ratings as one restaurant owner from Walsall, Derby found out when he marketed his Indian restaurant, Moza Derby, to have a rating of five when it only had a one rating and later zero. Rushan Ahmed was prosecuted and fined for …


Public awareness of food hygiene standards at a very high level

The Food Standards Agency has released results of its biannual public attitudes tracker (May 2018). Elements covered by the survey include food safety concerns in UK food outlets, awareness of hygiene standards, allergens and food poisoning. It is apparent that public awareness on matters relating to food hygiene standards in places where we eat at …


Food Alert! Frozen Vegetables recalled due to possible contamination

Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd has taken the precautionary step of voluntarily recalling a number of frozen vegetable products because they might contain Listeria monocytogenes. The affected products have been supplied to the following UK retailers: Tesco One stop Aldi Waitrose Sainsburys Lidl Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd is recalling the products from the retailers listed above. Point-of-sale …


Tea towels pose risk of food poisoning

A recent study has indicated that the multi-use of tea towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used in homes for a month. The multiple use of these towels for various tasks including cleaning and wiping surfaces, hand drying and the …


Getting ready for the Summer – Barbecue Safety

With Summer on the way, the sunshine brings barbecue season. However barbecuing is not without risk. Barbecues are involved in many accidents that occur each year with vast numbers of people visiting A&E as a result. The most common types of barbecue-related accidents include cuts/tears by sharp objects/edges, burns, scalding and other fire related incidents. Cooking and eating …

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