Category - Food Safety


Listeriosis outbreak linked to sandwiches kills 5 hospital patients

It has recently been widely reported that the Listeriosis outbreak linked to hospital sandwiches has claimed five lives. The outbreak is linked to The Good Food Chain salads and pre-packed sandwiches. The number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads at hospitals had risen from three to five, Public Health England said on Friday. It …


Food safety convictions on the increase!

In recent times fatalities relating to allergens, implementation of food hygiene ratings and food safety prosecutions have made headlines. The implications of not meeting legal compliance can result in significant financial penalties for business’s and individuals being issued prison sentences. Since the inception of the Sentencing Guidance in 2016, fines issued for food safety offences …


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 …

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