Category - General


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 …


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 …


Fire safety news: Ivy Manchester reopens after fire

As 2019 gets underway, fire safety hits the headlines again. As reported in the press recently, a fire broke out at the new  ‘The Ivy’ restaurant in Manchester. The BBC website had indicated that it is thought the blaze at the city centre venue started in a patio heater on an outdoor terrace. The extent …


CSC News – September 2018

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£275K Compensation for Salmonella victims

The pathogen Salmonella has had an impact on the food industry in recent weeks with a major compensation payout awarded. It has just been reported that a compensation payout of £275k has been awarded to the 28 victims of the salmonella outbreak four years ago linked to the Real China restaurant in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Legal …


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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