Food Safety Offences – Asda has been fined £300,000 after inspectors found dead mice and flies at a depot that distributes food to online shoppers in London and Essex.
In May 2016, inspectors found dead mice and flies at a depot that distributes food to online shoppers in London and Essex. Asda pleaded guilty to three breaches of food safety regulations after an inspection found mouse droppings on shelves and gnawed cereal and sugar packets. The inspection also found fly pupae shells and rotting coriander in home delivery trays during the visit to the site in Enfield.
An Enfield Councillor commented:
It beggars belief that a national retailer would allow food to be stored in an environment where rodents are running riot.
Do you know the Food Safety 48 Hour Rule?
As a food handler, you must let your employer know immediately if you:
- Are suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea or if you have an infected cut or sore
- If you have suffered from the above whilst abroad
- If someone in your family is suffering from any of the above
Staff must then not handle or prepare food until 48 hours after they are free from the symptoms.
At LRB Consulting, we strive to help you understand and comply with the Health & Safety, Fire Safety and Food Safety rules and regulations that may affect your business.
We already know that human beings carry a number of bacteria around with them; the same is true of insects, birds and animals. Pests can contaminate food with bacteria and disease, but they also cause physical contamination from droppings, urine, fur and feathers. Food Safety Pest Control should be managed properly.
Pest problems can result in lost revenue through damaged stock, gaining a bad reputation, and in some cases legal action being taken against the business. A number of food premises have been closed down as a result of pest infestation.
It should be part of your regular inspection routine to check for signs of pest infestation, if you see, or think you see evidence of infestation, you should seek the necessary professional help. It is always preferable to treat the problem by remove the pest, this avoids the possibility of it dying inside the food area and causing further contamination.
This is the first in a series of Food Safety blogs that we are writing, we’ll cover some of the most important aspects of Food Safety and provide you with some helpful advice to help your business, and your customers, stay safe.
Cross contamination is the term used to describe when harmful bacteria is moved from a source to a high risk area, such as ready to eat food. Food that is of high risk to cross-contamination are meat and dairy products, egg dishes, and high protein foods
We can greatly reduce the risks to health that are posed by bacteria and micro-organisms by:
Many of us like a good barbecue, even if this means dodging the rain. That said, we would like to offer you a few points about barbecue food safety.
Here are some of our essential food safety tips for barbecues this summer:
- Make one person responsible for the cooking beforehand
- remember that alcohol and cooking do not mix.
- Make sure that food is fully thawed out before you cook it, and always keep raw food covered and out of the sun.
- Before you start cooking, make sure you have dressed appropriately, don’t wear a bikini, or very loose clothing. Wear an apron, and tie long hair back. Continue reading
A-Z of Health and Safety
We’ve been having fun in the office trying to come up with a definitive A – Z of health and safety words and ideas. See if you agree with the words we chose…
Poison Prevention Week
On Friday, Barack Obama made a proclamation about poison prevention. Each year, the third week of March marks National Poison Prevention Week (PPW) in America – and over here in the UK we’re also taking the opportunity to take a look at the issue. The aim of PPW is to educate the public about dangers, and to give preventative advice. According to the WHO, poisoning is the third leading cause of accidental injury death in Europe – so it is important we understand what measures we can take to avoid unintentional poisoning.
This blog post looks at:
- What is poisoning, and what are the symptoms?
- Pharmaceutical poisoning prevention
- Household poisoning prevention
- Carbon monoxide poisoning prevention
- Food poisoning prevention
- Treatment for poisoning
Many local authorities operate a scheme to provide information to customers of food businesses to enable them to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or purchase food from.
Local authority enforcement officers (or Environmental Health Officers) are responsible for inspecting food businesses to ensure that they meet the legal requirements on food hygiene. Under the ‘Scores on the Doors’ schemes, each food outlet is given a hygiene rating or hygiene score that reflects the inspection findings and may display this in their premises where consumers can see it. Scores are also available via websites where consumers can see the scores for all the businesses in the local area.
Local Authorities operate schemes to provide information to customers of food businesses to enable them to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or purchase food from.
The Local Authority Enforcement Officers (Environmental Health Officers, or EHO) are responsible for inspecting food businesses. This is to ensure that they meet the legal requirements on food hygiene. Under the ‘Scores on the Doors’ schemes, each food outlet is given a hygiene rating or hygiene score that reflects the inspection findings and may display this in their premises where consumers can see it. Scores are also available via websites where consumers can see the scores for all the businesses in the local area.
Over two hundred Local Authorities operate a version of the Food Hygiene scheme, based on the scores on the doors approach. Under the Food Standards Agency ratings, a business can be given one of these hygiene ratings: