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Hospital refuses to make death findings public

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The findings of an inquiry, conducted at Kettering General Hospital, over the death of 17 year old Victoria Harrison in 2012 after a routine appendix operation is not going to be released to the public for fears of “endangering the mental health of staff”, a BBC report details. Despite several Freedom of Information requests – including one from the BBC – over the hospital’s serious incident investigation, the hospital have revealed that they will not be making the report public…. Read more »

Food Standards Agency searches for foreign food labelled as British

Posted: January 1st, 2014 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Since the horsemeat scandal of 2013, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have been fighting the issue of authenticity when it comes to foods that our sold being sold as British. After reports of a non-British pork chop being sold as British meat in Tesco stores last year, the FSA will soon be beginning a study involving isotope technology on a number of samples. FSA CEO Catherine Brown has said that the majority of the products tested will be those that… Read more »

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 »

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