January 21, 2019

What is the cost of poor food hygiene ratings?

The results of the exclusive Which? analysis of Food Standards Agency (FSA) data doesn’t make for particularly pleasant reading, especially if your business is based in Birmingham or Hyndburn, Lancashire. That’s down to the fact these two areas have been found to have the worst food hygiene scores in the UK by consumer champion Which?. […]

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January 14, 2019

Investigating accidents at work and risk assessments review

by Catriona Cowan, Shield Safety Group, Audit Team Leader When working as an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) in Local Government, sometimes the sight of a new entry on the RIDDOR website would make your heart sink, especially if it landed on a Friday afternoon. Sadly, this meant that someone out there had potentially been badly […]

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January 11, 2019

Veganuary and the retreat from meat

The move towards eating less meat is one of the food trends that will dominate 2019. Veganism along with vegetarianism is becoming big business. The market researcher Mintel has reported that UK sales of meat free foods, including vegan products, rose to an estimated £740m last year, up 22% since 2013. Highlighting a movement in […]

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December 20, 2018

Dark kitchens: Takeaway delivery’s secret world

It’s the end of a long week. You log onto your takeaway app and place your order, looking forward to your favourite meal arriving. When it does, it’s hot and smells delicious. All signs point towards a good experience. But do you know for certain where that food was cooked? Dark kitchen deliveries This is […]

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November 12, 2018

Food safety culture: Driving change in hospitality

We hear from Sterling Crew, FIFST, FCIEH, FRSPH, former vice-chair of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, about the importance of food safety culture. Culture is increasingly cited in reports relating to food safety incidents and has been identified as a significant emerging risk factor in food fraud. The challenge for food businesses is […]

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