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On 26 September 2018 at Bizzie Lizzie’s High Street Car Park branch in Skipton, three employees including two managers changed the fat in the fryer at too high a temperature and when the store was open, both contrary to industry standards…

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This prosecution highlights that when controls identified in risk assessments are not followed, it can have serious consequences to employees. Handling hot oil in kitchens is dangerous and must be avoided by waiting until it has cooled, which is often overnight. Identifying and carrying out appropriate controls to perform tasks is essential and we work closely with companies to identify suitable controls and implement them within their business successfully.

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The Artichoke pub and restaurant has been fined £23,000 after being prosecuted by Hertfordshire Trading Standards for serving food to a customer who suffered a severe allergic reaction. KOB (The Artichoke) Ltd pleaded guilty to offences under the Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at the hearing at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday)…

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Allergen management within food businesses is crucial in ensuring that food which is served to customers is safe to eat. This prosecution highlights that when there is a breakdown of communication internally, it can have serious consequences to customers and the fine demonstrates the seriousness of when it goes wrong. Establishing effective lines of communication and having a robust Allergen Management Policy in place within all levels of your business from your front of house team to your kitchen team is essential in providing confidence to customers.

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The food business operator of HT Curry in Luton has been prosecuted for food hygiene offences and banned from operating a food business indefinitely following immediate closure of the business during a food hygiene inspection in 2018…READ MORE

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This prosections’ highlights serious food hygiene offence including an active cockroach infestation which demonstrates poor management controls. We work with our clients to implement a robust documented food safety management system and help improve standards through our common sense approach audits and providing practical and cost effective advise to help comply with food safety legislation.

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A pub owner has admitted food hygiene offences after flies were found in the kitchen and E. coli on the dish clothes. Jane Tadman, owner of The White Hart at Cullompton, admitted six food hygiene offences before Exeter Magistrates this week. During the court proceedings, District Judge Matson heard that the prosecution arose from an unannounced food safety and hygiene inspection of the pub, carried out by officers from Mid Devon District Council’s Public Health team in October 2018…READ MOREKate Careford

When food businesses fail to comply with food hygiene legislation, it is likely to result in enforcement action being taken by the local authority as demonstrated in this article as there is a risk to public health. Implementing systems and checks to ensure that food is safe to eat is essential in achieving a good food hygiene rating and ultimately complying with the law. We work with clients to devise documented systems such as cleaning schedules and internal checks through Safety Cloud which provides current information even if you are not on site.

shutterstock_1130314421Owner of Cleveleys Chinese restaurant littered with mouse droppings put customers at risk
A health inspector found the worst case of mouse infestation in a restaurant he had come across in his career…

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Infestations in food businesses can have a detrimental effective, not just in enforcement action but negative publicity associated with closing the business and costs associated with damage caused by rodents e.g. to stock and the structure of the building. Having a pest control contract in place is recommended but we also work with clients to provide advice on how to prevent pests from entering the building such as sealing up holes where pests could gain entry and how and where to check for pest activity such as the back of refrigerators. These checks can be recorded on Safety Cloud and clients use these to show an EHO how they are being proactive in managing pests.