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Heston Blumenthal forced to close restaurant after vomiting bug outbreak

Posted: February 9th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Heston Blumenthal has once again been forced to close one of his restaurants after a norovirus outbreak occurred. Blumenthal’s restaurant, Dinner, which has two Michelin stars and is situated in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, has been closed for a week by the chef himself after several people became ill. One American couple were violently ill on their flight home to Denver after eating at the restaurant. This isn’t the first time one of Blumenthal’s restaurants has been closed… Read more »

Do we really know our high risk foods? (Part 3)

Posted: February 8th, 2014 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

We have previously looked at some of the foods that people consider high risk when it comes to safety and preparation. However, there are other high risk foods that haven’t quite earned the same reputation in the public mind-set even though they share that ‘high risk’ status with the likes of eggs, chicken and shellfish. Take rice, couscous and pasta, for instance. These starchy foods have a high content of moisture. So do lots of ready meals and cooked meats…. Read more »

Do we really know our high risk foods? (Part 2)

Posted: February 7th, 2014 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The last article introduced the idea that there are some foods we trust and some we take care with because of social, scientific and historical factors. It’s relatively easy to think of a couple of examples of foods we don’t trust. Take chicken, for instance, or eggs (which comes first is still a matter for debate.) These two very popular ingredients are joined on the list of high risk foods by shellfish. Members of the public are really wary about… Read more »

Do we really know our high risk foods? (Part 1)

Posted: February 6th, 2014 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Food safety is something that ought to come under the category of essential knowledge. We all need to know what foods are good for us and what foods are bad for us in order to live healthy lives. However, it’s also about knowing exactly how to prepare certain foods to stay safe and avoid illness. This kind of knowledge isn’t innate. It’s something we have to learn from the people around us. It’s interesting that we think of some foods… Read more »

The Gloves Are On? Should Chefs Wear Disposable Gloves?

Posted: January 29th, 2014 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

This January (2014) saw a new law come into effect in the state of California requiring all chefs to wear single-use disposable gloves when preparing ready-to-eat meals.  Please note this article is now 3 years old.  Newer information can be found at the bottom of this post. Restaurants and food companies will have six months to implement the change. And it doesn’t simply affect chefs – bartenders, too, have to wear gloves to prepare drinks, as they cannot touch ice, fruit… Read more »

Norovirus breakout in three Welsh hospitals

Posted: January 8th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Norovirus, or the winter sickness bug as it’s known to many, has caused five wards in two South Wales hospitals to close. Morriston Hospital has closed two wards and Neath Port Talbot Hospital has closed three after reported outbreaks of norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting. University Hospital Llandough has also suffered three ward closures. Due to the outbreaks, the health board have advised a “sensible” approach to visiting, advising anyone who has to visit to follow “the advice at… Read more »

Four-year-old boy dies due to neglect in Bristol hospital

Posted: January 7th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An inquest into the death of four-year-old Sean Turner, who died at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in 2012, has begun. Sean Turner was born with heart problems that should have been rectified when he went into surgery at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, but what should have been the start of the rest of his life quickly turned to disaster when he suffered a cardiac arrest and later a brain haemorrhage. Accounts from his mother and father suggest… Read more »

Pensioner dies after 42-minute wait for ambulance that was waiting at hospital for five hours

Posted: January 6th, 2014 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Fred Pring died at home after waiting for 42 minutes for an ambulance, according to reports. The 74-year-old, who had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, waited for over 42 minutes for an ambulance, despite a fully staffed and fully operational ambulance service in the area on that particular day. Despite seven ambulances and a rapid response vehicle covering the area on that day in March 2013, Mr Pring died at home while waiting for emergency response when one… Read more »

Care worker files complaint regarding neglect of 91 year old

Posted: January 5th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care worker, who believes a 91-year old patient was seriously neglected in an NHS hospital, has filed a formal complaint. Joanne Connah, a Mencap support worker from Sudbury, accompanied the woman – who suffers from early onset dementia and bowel cancer – in her own time to West Suffolk Hospital last Thursday. The lady was referred to the hospital after developing an infection but during her four and a half hour stay in the Accident and Emergency department, despite… Read more »

Cambridgeshire eateries receive zero star rating from Food Standards Agency

Posted: January 4th, 2014 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Five Cambridgeshire eateries have received a zero out of five rating from the Food Standards Agency. The rating is established according to how closely the companies follow food hygiene requirements set out in food hygiene law. When premises are inspected, they are rated for a number of things: Compliance with food hygiene law Compliance with safety procedures Compliance with structural requirements Confidence in management Once everything has been inspected, a score between zero and five is given. At one time… Read more »

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