Category - General

25
Jan

Judge Convicts Illegal Butcher

A man from Bradford has been given a nine-month suspended prison sentence after denying that he was running a squalid, unlicensed meat cutting plant. The 34 year old, Majid Zaman, was also banned from running a food business after a five-day trial which saw him prosecuted after Bradford Metropolitan District Council EHO’s discovered two tonnes …

11
Dec

Judge upholds decision by EHO to prohibit a Southsea restaurant from serving rare burgers

A district judge has upheld the decision of local authority to impose a ban on a Southsea restaurant from serving rare burgers. Portsmouth City Council placed an emergency hygiene notice on 6oz Burgers in the Southsea area of the city last April, because the business did not have a proper system to ensure the undercooked …

8
Dec

Understanding the new sentencing guidelines

The Sentencing Council has issued guidelines for sentencing corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences which will come into effect in February 2016. By and large this will be the most dramatic shake up in enforcement history. The publication of the guidelines ensures that for the first time, there will be comprehensive …

7
Dec

Gas Tightness Test requirements for Commercial Premises

Having liaised directly with the Health and Safety Executive regarding the requirement for gas safety tightness tests, I have been advised of the following: Whilst there is no actual requirement for routine gas tightness tests to be carried out, annual gas safety inspection tests do need to be carried out on commercial properties. Annual industry …

11
Nov

Illegal gas fitter fined

A self-employed Middleton man was fined for carrying out gas work while not being registered with Gas Safe Register. Manchester Crown Court, (Minshull Street) heard on 22 September 2015 that Paul Gregory carried out work illegally by undertaking gas work whilst not being registered with Gas Safe Register. A Prohibition Notice (PN) had been served …

6
Nov

Food manufacturing firm sentenced after an employee had two fingers severed.

On Monday 2 November 2015, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told Boston Magistrates’ Court the worker’s fingers were severed when his hand came into contact with the paddles of a mixing machine, while he was cleaning it. The issue of access to the dangerous parts of the machine had been raised by a …

5
Nov

New sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences

The Sentencing Council has issued guidelines for sentencing corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences which will come into effect in February 2016. By and large this will be the most dramatic shake up in enforcement history. The publication of the guidelines ensures that for the first time, there will be comprehensive …

5
Nov

FSA Food law prosecutions database published

The Food Standards Agency has published a live map which links to an FSA and local authorities’ database of successful food standards, food hygiene and food safety related prosecutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The database gives details of local authority food hygiene and food safety prosecutions outlining where and how food businesses have …

5
Nov

HSE releases injury and ill health statistics for 2014 – 2015

The HSE Health and safety statistics have been released for 2014/2015:  The key figures for Great Britain as follows: 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,538 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2013) 142 workers killed at work 76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 611,000 injuries occurred at work …

27
Oct

Presence of Salmonella leads to a product recall on Kentisbury Down soft cheese

Barton Farm Dairy has been advised by the Food Standards Agency to recall a batch of Kentisbury Down soft cheese because of the presence of salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. Product details: Product name: Barton Farm Dairy Kentisbury Down soft cheese ‘Best before’ date: 26 November 2015 Pack size: various …

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