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Keeping Campylobacter out of the food chain

Posted: March 8th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Campylobacter is a troublesome bug, responsible for more than three hundred thousand cases of food poisoning in England and Wales every single year. This substantial number of cases places pressure of the health service as well as meaning that people are too unwell to work, and it is thought that just this bacteria can cost the country as much as six hundred million pounds every year. So, how can we reduce the number of cases? Prevention is the key of… Read more »

Food Safety – Keep it Clean!!

Posted: March 7th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

Whether you have never stepped into kitchen before or you are an experienced chef that spends most of the time awake in the kitchen, you always need to be aware of the processes that need to be undertaken when preparing food and preventing foodborne illnesses, no matter how many people you are cooking for – food cleanliness should always feature highly on the priorities list. No one likes throwing a party and finding out people got ill overnight least of… Read more »

Does the Schmallenberg virus pose a threat to humans?

Posted: March 7th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Schmallenberg virus is the latest cause for concern for various public health organisations across the U.K. Named after the German town where the virus was first detected, it appears to affect cows, goats and sheep, causing birth defects and stillbirths. The virus is thought to be transmitted from animal to animal by the midges that feed on their blood, and this seems to be the most likely explanation as to how the virus has arrived in the U.K. While… Read more »

14 million Olympic meals

Posted: March 6th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

This year’s Olympic Games are expected to attract somewhere in the region of ten million spectators to the forty venues in London and beyond. With so many people visiting the U.K. demand for food will be high. Although this extra business represents a fantastic opportunity for U.K. businesses that prepare, sell or serve food, such high volumes of customers (and food) could also mean an increased risk of outbreaks of food poisoning. A serious outbreak of food poisoning could be… Read more »

Welsh language DVD on food safety aimed at butchers

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency has produced a Welsh-language DVD aimed at butchers, to help them to improve food hygiene standards in their businesses. The DVD follows the earlier release of an English language version and has the same aim of raising awareness and leading to an improvement in standards. This guide is to be used as a tool to help prevent further outbreaks of food poisoning in Wales, particularly following the outbreak of E. coli in 2005. It features butchers… Read more »

Twelve fire safety breaches results in £11,000 fine

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A Chinese take away restaurant in the town of Thatcham has been prosecuted following a health and safety inspection that revealed no less than twelve breaches of fire safety regulations. The Chinese take away was found to be putting the lives of both its customers and members of staff at risk, especially as it also provided sleeping accommodation for employees. The problems discovered included: • Inadequate provision for fire escape routes • Inadequate fire alarm system • Inadequate fire safety… Read more »

The importance of allergy awareness

Posted: March 1st, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Alongside compliance with food safety measures and procedures, people who work with food and sell it to the public have a duty to understand food allergies and the impact that these can have on the health and safety of their customers. It is essential that employees should understand the potential severity of allergic reactions as well as the absolute necessity of providing clear and correct information about the ingredients that go into their food products. Accurate labelling or information is… Read more »

Death in Brentwood results in £65,000 fine

Posted: February 29th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Two construction companies in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for ignoring the risks involved in the handling and delivery of steel stock. The incident involved a lorry loaded with steel beams, parked next to a pedestrian walkway. Despite the fact that this was not a designated unloading bay and that one of the company’s directors had noticed a steel beam hanging over the side of the lorry, unloading went ahead regardless. The pavement was not blocked off and no notices… Read more »

How to stop office workers from malfunctioning [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: February 29th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

Looking after the employee in the workplace can be difficult at times. This is especially true when health and safety is concerned. Office workers are complex beings: Treat them right and they can excel your business to new heights. However, treat them badly and they are quick to malfunction; it is like having a bunch of wet flannels at your disposal. Here are some tips to get the best out of yours… Want to embed this image on your site?… Read more »

Food safety advice for flooded areas

Posted: February 28th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the first comprehensive climate change risk assessment for the UK, undertaken by the environment department, the biggest environmental threat our country will face in the coming years is that of flooding. It is thought that by the middle of this century, up to 3.6 million people could be put at risk by flooding and that the damage caused could be costing the nation as much as £10 billion by 2080. Flooding, of course, also creates problems for public… Read more »

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