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CSC News – August

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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 …


Asbestos exposure prosecution and asbestos safety requirements

As a result of exposing his employees to asbestos fibres during a refurbishment of a social club in Northumberland, an employer has been fined by Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court. The court heard how on purchasing the club, the failure to carry out an asbestos survey resulted in the presence of Asbestos Insulating …


Breckland Council introduces HONOR initiative scheme (Healthier Options NORfolk)

The HONOR initiative (Healthier Options NORfolk) is the brainchild of Breckland Council which rewards businesses that demonstrate a commitment to providing healthy eating options on their menu. Specific criteria which need to be met in order to achieve HONOR certification includes: offering foods with reduced salt content and fat content, and enabling customers to swap food …


Reading Borough Council sentenced after legionella death

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has been fined £100,000 following an investigation into the death of a pensioner who died from exposure to legionella. The resulting investigation discovered failings which were systemic and continued over a period of time. During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Lewis Payne, a …


Bar owner fined after customer accidentally served line cleaner

Poor implementation of health and safety policy and risk assessments resulted in a customer accidentally being served beer line cleaner (caustic soda) instead of beer. The bar and its owner have been fined £25,000 as a result. David Caminal suffered “exquisite pain” immediately after swallowing the liquid and was taken to hospital with severe internal …

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