Category - Food Safety

10
Apr

New Acrylamide Legislation

There is a new legislation which comes into effect as of the 11th April 2018. This legislation states that food businesses will be required to identify where the hazard of acrylamide is formed in the business and then to implement measures to ensure levels are as low as is reasonably achievable. What is acrylamide? Acrylamide …

27
Mar

CSC Easter Safety Guidance

As Spring has started, it has been reported that this could be a ‘White Easter’ in the aftermath of the ‘Beast from the East’. We revisit the CSC Easter safety guidance and review the possible dangers that could be associated with activities around the holiday. Although the biggest likely threat is over-indulgence in chocolate it is …

8
Mar

Food hygiene rating review and impact on consumer confidence

The Food Hygiene Rating System has become more and more recognised and understood by consumers throughout the UK. Food safety standards and consumer wellbeing have been the subject of news stories, although it is normally papers highlighting one-off low scores, there are now newspapers which update readers regularly on new food hygiene ratings in their …

8
Mar

Failure to follow risk assessments and implement safety standards results in major fines

Far too often the failure to implement and follow basic health and safety requirements is resulting in catastrophic injuries and in some cases fatalities. With the impact of the Sentencing Guidance being felt across numerous sectors, massive fines are now becoming the norm. We look at some recently reported prosecutions: £1,4M fine: Tata Steel was …

13
Feb

Investigating a food poisoning allegation

The CSC helpdesk regularly supports our clients when they receive food poisoning allegations from customers. Over recent months we have witnessed an increase in the number of such complaints, and whilst it is not pleasant for any business to be on the receiving end, every food poisoning allegation must be treated seriously and fully and …

13
Feb

Hotel fined £120k for mouse infestation

All business’s could be at risk of pest infestations if proper measures are not taken to manage the situation. Even fine dining and high end hotels can find themselves falling victim to a rodent infestation. Recently, Hotel du Vin was fined £120,000 following a mice infestation in the kitchen of its Birmingham hotel. The 66-bedroom hotel admitted …

13
Feb

Meat Safety – Fairfax Meadows: Voluntary recall

Following unannounced visits by the Food Standards Agency, Fairfax Meadow has begun the voluntary withdrawal of some of its meat products. Fairfax Meadow is a major supplier of meat to pubs, bars, hotels, caterers and “some of the best fine dining restaurants” in the UK, according to its website, processing thousands of tonnes of meat …

12
Feb

Fairfax Meadow meat withdrawal

As you may already be aware, following an unannounced Food Standards Agency (FSA) inspection Fairfax Meadow has began to voluntarily withdrawn some of its product due to concern raised about the procedures and processes the company had been using to apply use by dates on some of its products. If you have any unused meat …

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 …

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