Category - Food Safety

4
Aug

E.coli Outbreak: Scotland – Dunsyre Blue Cheese

Health Protection Scotland have reported that Errington Cheese have issued a voluntary recall on certain batches of a blue cheese. Dunsyre Blue made with an unpasteurised milk may contain E.coli O157 (VTEC). To date 16 people have reported ill effects of E.coli with 2 patients treated in hospital. Investigations are still currently underway with Food …

1
Aug

Product Recall: Yeo Valley Chilled yoghurt

Yeo Valley have issued a product recall on a number of their chilled yoghurt products as they possibly contain small pieces of rubber. This means the products are a possible risk to health. The affected products have been supplied to the following UK retailers: ASDA Co-operative Sainsbury Tesco Waitrose Yeo Valley is recalling the products from …

26
Jul

Where there is smoke, there is fire – barbecue safety

Summertime brings the warm weather, and with that comes an increase in taking the kitchen outdoors by way of barbecues. Although fun, and tasty, barbeques present a very real fire risk and caution should be taken both whilst cooking and during the disposal after the event. Kent fire service has recently reported, an increase in …

25
Jul

The importance of The British Hospitality Association Catering Guide 2016.

With the recent launch of the BHA Catering Guidance, many industry experts have hailed this definitive guide as invaluable to anyone working in the industry. The new Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016 is the first update to the guidelines for 20 years. The much anticipated Catering Guide which is recognised by the …

18
Jul

Freezing of food: Updated guidance

In a recent poll conducted by the FSA, it is apparent that misconceptions about frozen food are contributing to the seven million tonnes of waste thrown out by UK households every year. Of the 1,500 people it surveyed, 43% wrongly thought food could only be frozen on the day it was bought, suggesting confusion over …

18
Jul

Update: 2 deaths as E.coli O157 outbreak investigations ongoing

It has now been announced that the recent E.coli outbreak has resulted in two deaths and affected over 150 people in the UK. The infection can cause bloody diarrhoea and abdominal pain. People usually notice symptoms three to four days after they have been infected, but symptoms can start any time between one and 14 days …

14
Jul

How to avoid an E.coli. infection

In the midst of a recent E.coli outbreak which infected more than 100 people in the UK, public health officials have indicated that contaminated salad leaves could have been the culprit. Symptoms such as mild diarrhoea to bloody diarrhoea with severe abdominal pain are all symptoms which can be suffered as a result of the …

14
Jul

Look out, Rodents are about!

Whilst it is true that you are never very far away from a rodent,  the implication of a rodent infestation in your premises could have catastrophe consequences for all concerned. Shaafiek Christian, from the CSC Helpdesk looks at two recent cases in further detail. In the first case, The Good Fortune Restaurant in Portsmouth was …

14
Jul

Listeria Guidance – what’s it all about?

The new Listeria Guidance recently published by the Food Standards Agency is aimed predominantly at health care and social care organisations. The Listeria Guidance has been complied with the intention to help businesses put steps in place to reduce the likelihood of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods and to complement good practice in the food industry. …

27
Jun

Prosecution News: Prison term for poor food safety standards in Wales

In the first prosecution using the sentencing guidance in Wales, two directors of Severnside Provisions were jailed for 24 weeks and handed a fine of £400,000 collectively. Anthony O’Sullivan, 47, and Martin Lincoln were found guilty of 12 food hygiene offences. At an inspection conducted in 2013, Newport environmental health officers found large quantities of …

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