Category - Food Safety


Allergen news: Hotel fined after guests suffers anaphylactic shock

Food allergens have been associated with a large range of products, and it has for some time now been a legal requirement to provide customers with reliable allergen information. Allergen related incidents have recently made the front pages and there have now been a number of deaths due to poor allergen information being made available …


Health and Safety at Easter

Easter is not far away and everyone is looking forward to a long weekend, full of chocolate and family festivities. As a business it can be a very busy weekend so it is important to ensure that your company/site is fully prepared to ensure everyone is safe at any special Easter activities. A number of …


Serving ‘Free From’ foods

Allergen information is very important and within a food business you must, by law, provide full allergen information to all customers. Over recent years this has been heavily enforced by EHO’s when visiting sites, and more recently by trading standards who have been checking that the correct information is being given to customers when requested. …


Entrapment accidents – Food manufacturer fined in excess of £200k

Following two separate accidents involving entrapment with moving machinery, a food manufacturer has been sentenced. On 26 March 2016, whilst working for 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd at its poultry site in Flixton, Norfolk, Mr Romas Ciurlionis trapped his thumb in a moving shackle shortly after being shown how to remove chicken intestines. As the …


Investigating a food poisoning complaint: Asking the right questions is key

We have witnessed a recent influx of alleged food poisoning complaints to the CSC helpline, it is critical that our clients ensure they are fully compliant with food safety legislation. Food poisoning accusations can have terrible consequences for businesses – especially in the age of social media and instant online reviews. The increase in the litigation …


Pub Owner fined £7,000 for Food Safety Breaches

Food safety has now become a focal point within public opinion as awareness increases. It is vital that all businesses protect their consumers by ensuring high food safety standards from delivery through to service. A recent prosecution of a hotel owner shows how serious food safety breaches can be. often we hear of cases where …


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 …

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