Blog - Food Hygiene, Health & Safety.

Acrylamide - what you need to know

Acrylamide - what you need to know

The government have now brought in legislation requiring food businesses to consider Acrylamide in their Food Safety Management Systems and reduce it where practical. Acrylamide is a chemical produced naturally in food as a result of cooking starch rich food at high temperatures, such as when bakin…

Mandatory display of Food Hygiene Ratings in England

Mandatory display of Food Hygiene Ratings in England

This week I was on BBC RadioKent The Wake Up Call talking about the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings with Dr Lisa Ackerly.  I'm on at 1hr 45 but its an interesting show so why not listen to it all...  Food hygiene and peoples experience is mentioned throughout. Listen Here

Increased jail terms for Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Increased jail terms for Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Finally, the sentencing guidelines have been updated with regards to Gross Negligence Manslaughter.   For far too long it was thought that fatalities caused by the negligence of individuals were not given sufficient importance when it came to sentencing.  From the 1st November new&nb…

Kitchen Safety - Radio interview on UK Health Radio

Kitchen Safety - Radio interview on UK Health Radio

Here is a link to an interview by Mike Dilke from Relaxback radio for UK Health Radio.  MY interview is 2nd and about half way through.  I was answering questions on safety in catering kitchens. https://ukhealthradio.com/player/?ep=15689

Lets focus on Health

Lets focus on Health

In Health and Safety the focus has very much been on safety for almost as long as I can remember.  However, over the last couple of years the HSE have concentrated more on health risks and in particular in the manufacturing industries. 27 fatalities are seen here every year and 3% or 86000 emp…

What a waste...

What a waste...

With over 2 million tonnes of food waste thrown away by consumers at home (and more by businesses) the Food Standards agency has been offering advice on how to reduce this and save money by freezing more etc.   Food labelling is confusing with Use By, Best Before, Sell By and Display Until cau…

One fly isn't a problem, is it?

One fly isn't a problem, is it?

Pest control has been in the news recently with flies now known to carry many more bacteria than was previously thought.  This should make no difference to how a business treats flies, wasps or any other flying insect.  They all carry bacteria that could potentially cause food-bourne illne…

Window Safety

Window Safety

When I first had children, I was really concerned that the windows in their bedroom could be opened wide.  This was fixed very simply by fitting window stops that prevented them opening wide enough to fall out if they climbed onto the window ledge or leaned out too far.  There have been ca…

Eggs, eggs and more eggs

Eggs, eggs and more eggs

So finally, to the relief of care homes and nurseries and caterers in general, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed the ACMF research published last year stating that vulnerable groups such as the under 5's and elderly can now be served soft boiled and raw LION MARKED eggs.  There must …

A sense of Sous Vide

A sense of Sous Vide

Every food business must have a documented Food Safety Management System (FSMS). ​The complexity of the system varies depending on the food produced or sold. ​Shops that sell wrapped ambient foods will need a very simple system.  Businesses that manufacture food will need a more complex HACCP…

Food Safety and God

Food Safety and God

I was recently involved in discussions around hygienic practices needed when preparing for communion in my local church.  Is the service of the blood (wine) and body of Christ (wafers) risky to the health of church goers taking part? Questions raised included: Do we need to wash our hands bef…

Does your company support a 'dress down' day?

Does your company support a 'dress down' day?

A recent comment from a client sparked a debate about safety on Dress Down days. Its great that a company offers staff the opportunity to be a bit more relaxed on occasion but observation indicated that casual clothes can also mean a more casual attitude to safety. While being easy for suited offic…

Health and Safety in Childrens Nurseries

Health and Safety in Childrens Nurseries

I got to thinking about health and safety in nurseries. After my first child was 8 months old I wanted to go back to work, to the job I loved and after considering the options decided to put him into a nursery. But, the big question was which nursery and what should I look for? There were a number …

Slips and Trips accident case study

Slips and Trips accident case study

I was recently asked to give advice regarding someone who had had a fall at work. The injured party’s job is mainly administration but they had had to go out of the building to work on that particular day. It had been raining and at the end of their shift returned to deliver equipment before g…

And I asked years ago were antibacterial handsoaps safe?

And I asked years ago were antibacterial handsoaps safe?

  If you are about to start or have just started a business we can offer advice about what you need to do to meet Health and Safety requirements. ​We will sit down and talk to you about what you are doing and how many staff you have as this determines how much documentation you need. ​There …

BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates

BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates

We were on BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates. Find out about Food Hygiene Inspections by listening here