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Food hygiene fine for Ballymoney farmer

Posted: October 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A farmer from the Northern Irish town of Ballymoney, in County Antrim, has been issued a fine of over £1,000 for breaching food hygiene regulations. Thomas Taylor was prosecuted at Coleraine Court for breaching Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006. Inspectors carrying out a routine check at his farm found a number of structural issues with some parts of his premises, including the bulk tank storage area and milking parlour. The farmer was fined £1,500 for the breaches. Commenting on… Read more »

Derry businesses scoring well for food safety

Posted: October 20th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the latest food hygiene ratings, nearly all the food businesses in the Northern Irish city of Derry are performing very well when it comes to food safety. Derry City Council’s rating scheme found that a total of 97 per cent of all food-serving businesses in the area achieved a rating of three stars or more. Ratings range from five stars, meaning ‘very good’ standards are being upheld, to zero, which means that ‘urgent improvements’ are necessary. A three-star… Read more »

Hidden cameras could be used to check care home standards

Posted: October 20th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the care home watchdog for England and Wales, is reportedly considering using hidden cameras and other unconventional surveillance methods to monitor care homes. A consultation will take place next year on proposals which include the use of hidden cameras and mystery shoppers to check up on standards at care homes. The CQC’s chief inspector for adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe believes that these covert surveillance methods can help to uncover poor standards of care, including… Read more »

66 premises in the West of England get zero food hygiene ratings

Posted: October 19th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following a recent round of inspections, a total of 66 food businesses in the West of England have been given a zero food hygiene rating – the very worst rating it is possible to get. The shocking results of the inspections were uncovered by the BBC Inside Out programme, but the ratings of all food businesses in the UK are available to view online. It is currently optional for businesses to display their rating on their premises. The worst offenders… Read more »

First aid training could be life-saving for athletes

Posted: October 19th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Premier League football clubs and other professional sports teams usually have whole teams of medical experts on hand in case of injury or illness during training sessions and matches. However, smaller teams and youth clubs don’t have the money to spend on a full-time medic. This is why these teams should consider first aid training instead. Everyone from coaches and support staff to sports participants, players and athletes should consider taking a first aid course. A medical emergency can happen… Read more »

Croydon takeaway guilty of breaching fire safety laws

Posted: October 18th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a takeaway restaurant in Croydon has been prosecuted and given a suspended prison sentence for breaching fire safety laws and potentially putting his customers and staff in danger. Munawar Ahmed, the owner of the Chicken Inn and Takeaway, was given a prohibition notice following an inspection by Croydon Council’s housing enforcement team back in January 2011. The notice prohibited the rooms upstairs from the chicken shop being used as accommodation, as they did not have any of… Read more »

Health and social care review to be carried out in Wales

Posted: October 18th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A review into health and social care services is to be carried out in Wales, with unannounced visits to take place at around 100 care homes this year. The review is being spearheaded by Sarah Rochira, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, who wants to use the upcoming visits to hear directly from care home residents and their families about the quality and standards of care they receive from care providers. Discussing her aims for the review, Ms Rochira said:… Read more »

East Ayrshire schools fail food safety checks

Posted: October 17th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland has found that around 30 schools in East Ayrshire are failing on food hygiene standards. After a recent round of inspections, it was revealed that the schools in question had been serving their students meals from kitchens that aren’t meeting the required hygiene standards. The schools in need of better food hygiene training and other improvements to food safety management systems have been named and shamed online, and five… Read more »

Shrewsbury first aiders take delivery of life-saving AED machine

Posted: October 17th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

First aiders in the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury have taken delivery of a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine, a piece of equipment that could help to save lives in public places. The AED machine has been designed so that it can technically be used by anyone, but those who have undergone first aid training and specifically, AED training courses, are best placed to use it. The device administers electronic shocks in order to restart of the heart in people… Read more »

Insurance firm warns landlords of the importance of fire safety

Posted: October 16th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A leading insurance firm has warned landlords, as well as their tenants, of the importance of ensuring that all fire safety measures are carried out on rented properties., The latest figures from Total Landlord Insurance, which specialises in providing suitable insurance products to landlords, suggest that the average claim value for a fire in a rented property is around £18,000. Fires in these properties are most commonly caused by faulty or overloaded electrics, as well as smoking indoors and cooking…. Read more »

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