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How to wash your fruit and veg

Posted: February 15th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Most people probably wash their fruit and veg by sticking them under the cold tap and giving them a quick rub. Some people even believe that a little bit of soil can’t do any harm and don’t wash their veg at all. Unfortunately, this is not the right way to reduce the likelihood of food poisoning. Food safety training can provide the knowledge and skills needed to prevent food poisoning and contamination, but here is a quick overview of how… Read more »

Manual Handling Principles and Practice

Posted: February 14th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations set out certain requirements for employers who expect their workers to undertake such activities. They must either avoid manual handling where an injury is possible or if the activity can be avoided; or, they must carry out a risk assessment before commencing the work. Employers must also respond appropriately if an employee complains of injury caused by a process or raises concerns about an aspect of their work. Employees must also take responsibility for their… Read more »

Watermelons may be the cause of salmonella outbreak in the UK

Posted: February 14th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

An outbreak of a particular strain of salmonella first detected in early December last year could potentially be linked to the consumption of water melons, say the Food Standards Agency. There have been numerous cases, in the UK and elsewhere: • Twenty-six in England • Three in Wales • Four in Scotland • One in Northern Ireland • Five in the Republic of Ireland and • Fifteen in Germany For the moment, there has only been one fatality linked to… Read more »

Lunch Box Amnesty highlights importance of food safety training

Posted: February 13th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A study of school lunch box contents has been conducted with a view to establish whether their contents are nutritionally sufficient as well as whether they meet recommended food hygiene standards. School employees who handle and prepare school dinners do, of course, have to undertake food safety training and comply with strict standards in the kitchen. Parents, on the other hand, do not, but they may feel that they are better able to provide a better meal than their school…. Read more »

Asbestos Awareness

Posted: February 13th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The importation, supply and use of all types of new asbestos have been prohibited since the 13th November 2006. This followed previous bans on using blue and brown asbestos (1985) and white asbestos (1999), and continues the ban on using second-hand asbestos and products containing asbestos. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 also make training mandatory for anyone who may come into contact with the substance in the context of their professional activities. The responsibility for compliance with these regulations… Read more »

FSA now publishing meat-processing plant audit reports

Posted: February 12th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency has decided to start publishing the results of audits undertaken in the UK’s meat-processing plants. They state that their aim in doing so is to offer more transparency to the public, although some representatives of the industry are complaining that the reports could be misleading. The Food Standards Agency, however, are hoping that making the reports public will encourage those meat-processing plants that are currently a ‘cause for concern’ to improve their hygiene and food safety… Read more »

Do you know who your first-aider is?

Posted: February 11th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Many people are unsure about who to turn to should they require first aid at work. It is an employer’s responsibility to establish whether their business requires the appointment and training of a first-aider in their premises. It is also the employer’s responsibility to ensure that first-aid equipment is kept available to employees, and that the contents of any first-aid box are maintained and kept up to date. It is equally important, however, to make sure that all employees are… Read more »

National First Aid competition for school children

Posted: February 10th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

St. Johns Ambulance has launched its annual national first aid competition with the aim of raising awareness of the skills needed to administer effective first aid in an emergency. The competition is designed to encourage school children to learn about first aid and equip them with the confidence needed for intervention. First aid can often make a huge impact on those who have been taken ill or sustained an injury, and can make the difference between full recovery and irreparable… Read more »

How changing cooking habits can affect food safety

Posted: February 10th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The British have famously preferred their meat well-done, even to the point of resembling the sole of a shoe! And yet, over the last few years, more and more diners seem to be opting for a more European approach to the cooking of their meat. Steaks are getting rarer, as is lamb and even pork. These changes in tastes raise certain issues regarding food safety. If meat is not thoroughly cooked through, it can cause infection if it is contaminated…. Read more »

River Cottage Park Farm damaged by fire

Posted: February 9th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s farm has fallen victim to an unexplained fire that has destroyed a single-stored building converted into a commercial kitchen. This means that cookery courses held in the former barn will no longer be able to take place, and demonstrated the disruptive and destructive effect of fire on businesses. While other areas of the business remain open, the rapid spread of the fire shows how vulnerable business properties can be. The incident required the presence of five… Read more »

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