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FSA public attitudes tracker reveals concerns over food safety

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

Any business that serves or prepares food should ensure that food hygiene and safety is an absolute priority. Preventing outbreaks of food poisoning is not only essential in terms of public health, but also in terms of a business’ chances of survival. Most cases of food poisoning are relatively mild, but for those who are very young or old or have compromised immune systems, food poisoning can have devastating and even fatal consequences. If a business is shown to be… Read more »

Five star food rating for tea brewery

Posted: January 31st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A tea brewery in Alnwick has been rewarded for their emphasis on hygiene and cleanliness by being awarded the maximum score of five stars in a national food hygiene rating scheme. The business was assessed on various aspects: • Food hygiene and safety • Structure and cleaning • Confidence in management The outstanding score demonstrates an excellent level of compliance with food safety legislation and regulations. The Maître T at Bari Tea has stated that hygiene and food safety has… Read more »

Advocates’ lounge closed in London following contamination fears

Posted: January 31st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon 1

The Advocates’ lounge at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London has been closed following reports that food being served there ‘smelled a bit off’. An investigation has now been launched into a suspected case of food contamination, and all members of staff have been suspended. There have been unconfirmed reports that the food was in fact contaminated with urine, and that traces have been detected in salads, sandwiches and soups. The investigation is being run jointly by the Council and the… Read more »

£54,000 fine for Greenwich Chinese restaurant

Posted: January 30th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Owners of a Chinese restaurant in Greenwich have been punished for the third time over breaches of food safety regulations. In February 2010, the restaurant was fined £13,500 for poor hygiene standards. In April 2011, council inspectors arrived unannounced and proceeded to close the restaurant when they found evidence of a mouse infestation. Droppings were found near food and plates and inside a roll of cling film. This time the restaurant owners have been given the largest fine ever handed… Read more »

Worcester factory failed to protect workers despite previous accidents

Posted: January 30th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

There is little point in carrying out a risk assessment unless the findings will be acted upon. This seems like an obvious comment to make, and yet a factory in Worcester failed to act on the findings of one of its own risk assessments of a die-cast machine. Blow backs of molten aluminium are foreseeable, although unpredictable, and they represent a grave danger to those working on or around the machine. The factory in question had experienced three blow backs… Read more »

Why AED equipment and training can save lives

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

When a person suffers a heart attack or goes into cardiac arrest, the chances of successful defibrillation decrease by between seven and ten per cent with every minute that passes. Administering measured electric shocks during CPR can increase the chances of survival and yet requires specific equipment and training. Automated External Defibrillation first aid training would allow an appointed first aider to administer this life support treatment in the cases of cardiac arrest in the workplace. Tutorcare can also provide… Read more »

Thomas Cook to pay compensation for case of salmonella in Turkey

Posted: January 29th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A couple who both contracted food poisoning during an all-inclusive holiday in Turkey have accepted a five-figure settlement from holiday company Thomas Cook. The couple both began to display the symptoms of food poisoning a few days before they were due to fly home, but a representative of the holiday company apparently warned them that seeing a doctor on-site would result in hefty fees. But, by the time the couple reached the UK, one of them was passing blood and… Read more »

How safe are your food preparation premises?

Posted: January 28th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

If your business prepares, treats or processes food, there are certain requirements that you must comply with in order to ensure that all risks of infection and contamination are kept to an absolute minimum. • Surfaces on walls and floors should be kept in a sound condition and must be made of appropriate materials that are impervious, non-absorbent, washable and non-toxic. • If necessary, surface drainage should also be incorporated into floors. • Ceilings must be finished in such a… Read more »

Controlling the risk of danger to social care workers

Posted: January 27th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Working in the care industry can be challenging, and it is essential that those who are employed in the industry receive the necessary care training that could protect them from the risk of violence or injury. A social care organisation providing services to people with learning disabilities was recently prosecuted and fined for failing to protect its own workers. The HSE conducted an investigation following an incident in 2009 when a client kicked a care worker in the eye, and… Read more »

Companies have a responsibility to train workers in safety

Posted: January 27th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A cleaner contracted to work at a vegetable packing plant lost nearly 50% of the use of his hand when it was crushed by a machine. The man was cleaning underneath a conveyor belt, when his hand became trapped between two belts and was crushed. The Health and Safety Executive investigation found that both the vegetable packing company and the man’s employer were at fault, although for different reasons: • Managers at the vegetable packing plant had failed to put… Read more »

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