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FSA Meat Industry Update: Breaches in food safety lead to review of standards

Russel Hume have been the subject of talks in the food industry following breaches in food safety. As a result of significant breaches, Russel Hume has shut down after all production was suspended following the food standards scare which unfortunately left hundreds of people without jobs. The FSA has now revealed some alarming facts and …


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 …


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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Chronology of investigating a food poisoning complaint

It is critical that our clients ensure they are fully compliant with food safety legislation. The increase in the litigation culture and  introduction of the new sentencing guidance means that food establishments are at a greater risk of financial penalties and fines if found guilty of a food poisoning outbreak and breach of food safety law. …


Food poisoning, fatalities & fines. The outcome of poor food hygiene standards.

Since the introduction of the sentencing guidelines, the impact of food safety prosecutions is really and truly being felt across the industry. In the last year there has been numerous reported cases of confirmed food poisoning and even deaths due to consumption of foods containing nuts. The latest reported case involves a 71-year-old woman losing …


The CSC guide to a joyous (and safe) festive season

The countdown to Christmas has begun! Already we are starting to see decorations going up, shops have dusted off the Christmas playlist and food outlets everywhere are bombarding us with Christmas meal offers. It is time therefore for a reminder on how you can keep your business safe, whilst still ensuring your customers and staff …


Fire safety: The role of the responsible person

Following on from the recent webinar conducted by John Briggs/Fire Protection Association, the following briefing notes have been compiled. Specific focus was placed on the expectations that need to be met by the competent person and ways to limit exposure to prosecution.   The Responsible Person   Firstly, it is important to understand the meaning …


Listeria Monocytogenes present in Scotch Smoked Salmon products

The food standards agency has just issued a press release indicating that Scotch Smoked Salmon Co. Ltd is recalling two of its smoked salmon products because the bacterium known as Listeria monocytogenes has been found in them. The product details are as follows: Products: Smoked Scottish Salmon and Smoked Scotch Salmon Pack sizes: 100g, 200g …

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