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Five-star hotel fined for case of food poisoning

Posted: January 16th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

You would expect the best at a five-star hotel, especially when it comes to the freshness and quality of the food that is served there. You may also expect the staff to be trained to an exceptionally high standard. This didn’t appear to be the case at a five-star hotel in Hampshire, however, when in Christmas 2010, a chicken liver parfait was served that would go on to cause an outbreak of food poisoning. Guests who had attended a Christmas… Read more »

Why bother with a first-aid refresher course?

Posted: January 15th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Employers are required by law to provide adequate first-aid equipment and qualified personnel in order to ensure that any employees who fall ill or have an accident while at work are able to receive effective and immediate treatment. Once an employee has successfully completed a first-aid at work course, he or she is then qualified to act as a first-aider for three years. Once this time period has lapsed, they must then take the assessment again. Although it is not… Read more »

Thorntons fined over fractured finger

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

An absence of adequate guarding on a foil wrapping machine was found to be the cause of injury to a woman working for a Thorntons factory in Derbyshire. The woman had been attempting to clean the machine with a cloth during a break in production, when the cloth became trapped in rotating parts, dragging her hand into the machine. She suffered a fractured finger that kept her off work for ten weeks. The incident prompted an audit of the other… Read more »

Spotlight on listeria

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

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can be found in some foodstuffs. Most of us have heard of it, but do you know where it is most commonly found? Pâté, butter, soft cheeses and soft blue cheeses, cooked sliced meats, smoked salmon and pre-packaged sandwiches have all been found to contain traces of listeria. Most people who find themselves infected having eaten foods containing listeria suffer from flu-like symptoms, vomiting and diarrhoea that disappear after a few days. In some… Read more »

Hull takeaway posed immediate threat to consumers

Posted: January 14th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Environmental health officers branded a Hull Chinese takeaway ‘dreadful’ and ordered it to be closed with immediate effect when they inspected it in December of last year. Among the food hygiene breaches discovered at the restaurant were: • Prepared food that was contaminated by raw meat • Food that was past its use-by date • Cooked food was not cooled properly • An absence of temperature monitoring for hot, cold and frozen food • Staff handling food were not wearing… Read more »

Health and Safety is ‘a cornerstone of civilised society’

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

The UK’s approach to Health and Safety has recently come in for a bit of a bashing recently, with some high profile figures openly ridiculing the regulations and their applications. Even Prime Minister David Cameron has been quoted as saying that he ‘will kill off the Health and Safety culture’. Comments like these have caused outrage amongst health and safety professionals, who complain that comments like these do nothing to further the rights of workers and everything to belittle the… Read more »

Food Standards Agency rolls out Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Posted: January 13th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Standards Agency has launched a new scheme that aims to provide consumers with clear information about the food hygiene standards of any business that sells or serves food to the public. The scheme, which is run by local authorities in partnership with The Food Standards Agency, has developed a system which rates businesses and displays the information to potential consumers. The ratings run on a scale of 0 to 5, where 0 indicates the need for urgent improvement… Read more »

Common Induction Standards refreshed in 2010

Posted: January 12th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Common Induction Standards 2005 have proved to be very valuable resource for employers, as they allow them to ensure that employees are adequately trained and informed to begin working in the care industry. At five years old, however, it was felt that these standards needed updating and revising in order to reflect the changes and new challenges within the industry. The standards were therefore refreshed in 2010 following consultation with the care sector. There are now eight rather than… Read more »

Are your business’ activities covered by Health and Safety law?

Posted: January 12th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Health and Safety regulations cover all working situations, whether they are high or low risk. They are designed to protect workers regardless of their professional activity and as an employer you are required to ensure that you take the appropriate measures to keep them as safe as possible. Some laws apply to specific hazards, some to specific industries, and you must make sure that you are aware of these laws and comply with them. Failure to do so could have… Read more »

How E. coli and HUS left one woman with 35% kidney function

Posted: January 11th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A 64 year-old woman from Plymouth is trying to raise awareness of E. coli and HUS, after she became infected and ended up in intensive care. She became ill in August of last year and ended up having to stay in hospital for three weeks as doctors battled to save her life. It was thought at the time that the outbreak was caused by infected crab meat, although in this case no crab meat had been consumed. E. coli is… Read more »

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