Category - Food Safety

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be aware, following an unannounced Food Standards Agency (FSA) inspection Fairfax Meadow has began to voluntarily withdrawn some of its product due to concern raised about the procedures and processes the company had been using to apply use by dates on some of its products.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

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. …

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