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Over 100 Welsh kitchens receive zero rating for food hygiene

Posted: December 4th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Food outlets in Wales are now legally obliged to display their Food Standards Agency (FSA) hygiene rating in a prominent place. This is bad news for over a hundred kitchens which have received zero stars. The ratings apply not just to restaurants and takeaways, but to all food outlets. Among those receiving a zero star rating were rugby clubs, sweet shops and even a primary school. Powys was the county most frequently represented with 19 establishments listed, including Sennybridge County… Read more »

Leicester Chinese restaurant receives heavy fine for food hygiene issues

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Real China in Highcross has been fined £12,000 after admitting 12 charges relating to food hygiene at Leicester Magistrates’ Court. Environmental health officers attending for a routine inspection found dirty equipment, broken fridge seals and food stored at the incorrect temperature. One of the main charges related to the serving of buffet style food. According to law, such food must be kept at 63 degrees or higher. Fried chicken was found to be 52 degrees and shredded pork 59… Read more »

Bolton nightclub closed for fire safety reasons

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The After Dark club in Bolton has been forced to close due to a failure to meet fire safety standards. Fire service officials found blocked exits and emergency exit signs that did not illuminate. It was also found that the alarm was not linked to the sound system and so could not be heard for the music. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Fire Safety Officer, Wayne Van Hecke, said: “We found the life risk to the public was so… Read more »

Food hygiene criticism for BA Heathrow lounge

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

British Airways’ standards of food hygiene in their first-class Heathrow lounge have been criticised in an inspection report. BaxterStorey, who provide the catering for the airport, have been given less than favourable reviews in the past and were given a ‘poor’ rating for their lounge as well as the Concorde Room in terminal five. The report was put together by Hillingdon Council who used the phrase ‘major non-compliance with statutory obligations’ when highlighting the aforementioned Concorde Room. The luxury surroundings… Read more »

Call to test alcohol misuse at work

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A campaign group which targets a reduction in alcohol misuse has asked for workplaces to monitor their employees’ levels of drinking. The Alcohol Health Network has called for workers to be required to take a test as standard which will determine if they are a ‘risky drinker’ or not. Don Shenker is the founder and director of the group and he wants to see problems stamped out before they have a chance to develop. He said: “Offering staff confidential use… Read more »

Woman’s body found in Wirral house fire

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An unidentified woman has been found dead in a house fire in Merseyside, it has been confirmed. Firefighters were called to a home on Village Road in the Higher Bebington area of the Wirral on Sunday evening. After arriving at the property at around 17:50 GMT fire crews extinguished the blaze inside. A smoke alarm had been triggered at the house but firefighters discovered the body of a woman in the lounge. A fire service spokesman said: “Firefighters on arrival… Read more »

Which foods pose the biggest risk of poisoning?

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Food poisoning is a particularly unpleasant experience for anyone and if you have suffered from it you will have instantly wanted to know the specific cause. Often it is not due to that takeaway you ate last night, indeed a lot of food poisoning can take a number of days or weeks to take effect. The spokeswoman for Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Lorraine Belanger, described how easily it can occur. She said: “People think of chicken as the number… Read more »

Hospital could face cancer care investigation

Posted: November 8th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Allegations from hospital trust staff about being forced to change cancer patients’ data could result in a police investigation. Employees at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust told inspectors that they had been pressured into altering data concerning patients and the treatment they were receiving. This was to make it appear as if patients were being treated in accordance with national guidelines. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that a number of cancer patients had to deal with ‘undue delays’… Read more »

Austerity leaves hospitals the only option for constant care

Posted: November 7th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The effects of austerity have led to hospitals being the only places capable of providing round-the-clock care for elderly people according to a senior NHS official. Public spending cuts are a major concern and the NHS had a higher number of elderly patients in need of urgent care than they had expected last winter. According to the NHS Wales’ deputy chief executive Kevin Flynn the cuts have rendered the social care system unworkable. Flynn voiced his belief that the deep-rooted… Read more »

Health and safety illnesses and deaths – the facts (Part Three)

Posted: November 6th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

When the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) studied the facts and figures relating to work-related illnesses and deaths they also looked at the geographical details. Examining the rate per 100,000 employees in the North East, it was found that 4.6 per cent of these workers have suffered from ill-health during the last year. This indicated that the North East was the most dangerous area of the country in which to work. Comparatively, only 2.9 per cent of workers in London… Read more »

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