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How do I obtain a Food Safety certificate?

15.01.20Working in Catering or Manufacturing – preparing, handling and serving food – brings with it a significant degree of responsibility. Poor hygiene and a disregard for the wellbeing of your customers risks the spread of infection and it’s easy to underestimate the potential impact that a food-borne illness could have. Every year in the UK, there are over half a million cases of food poisoning as a result of poor catering practices, such as undercooked food [...]



What is a chemical Food Safety Hazard? (Excluding Allergens)


The safety of UK foods can be compromised by a range of hazards, including chemical Food Safety hazards. This occurs when the chemicals found in foods are harmful and could be caused by a variety of factors, including cleaning agents, environmental and agricultural contamination, pest control substances, contamination during manufacturing, additives, or water.

How do high levels of chemicals get into the food chain?



Recall and Withdrawal of Food

17.12.19As part of our Farm to Fork blog series, it’s important to talk about what happens when problems occur. Food recall and withdrawal comes into play when there are issues in the manufacturing line that affect the product. A prime food safety requirement is understanding the difference between the two.




Product Recall is when the food is removed from distribution and sale. This is usually due [...]



Recording each step food passes through from Farm to Fork: Recording of Wasted Foods

13.12.19The recording of wasted food is as vital to the good management of your commercial kitchen’s food safety policies as the recording of fresh and frozen incoming ingredients is. Keeping a record of food waste is also a fast and certain way to pinpoint errors or flaws within your kitchen work-flow system. There are several steps where food waste must be accounted for:

Food must always be checked before it is signed for. Any food that is not of a su [...]



Recording each step food passes through from Farm to Fork: Part cooked or ready to eat foods

10.12.19Consumers in the UK deserve the best possible food safety standards from all suppliers in the food chain. However, up to one million consumers do suffer food-borne illnesses each year click here . This makes it absolutely vital to record and comply with food safety regulations throughout the entire food chain.



From Farm to Fork: Cooking and Cooling Foods

04.12.19 CThe safety of the food customers purchase in stores or eat in restaurants is absolutely vital; which means all growers, suppliers, and food outlets need to be conscious about food safety and required legislation. Temperature control can be a tricky aspect of cooking any food if you aren't familiar with how it should be done. Cooking foods and cooling foods is easy once you know how - but until then, food safety could become compromised if you do things wro [...]



From Farm to Fork: Freezing and Reheating Foods

04.12.19This latest blog post in our 'From Farm to Fork' series is focused on explaining the important pieces of information that you should know when freezing or reheating foods. Read on to discover what foods can and can't be frozen, the guidelines surrounding reheating food, and if there is any legislation in place regarding the freezing and reheating of food.



There are many foods that you can fre [...]



From farm to fork: Ensuring optimum on-site storage of dry, chilled and frozen food

30.10.19Last week we talked about the importance of tracking food from farm to fork; starting with the farmers, through to the distributors, and finally to the consumer. This week, we're going to look at the onsite storage of dry food, chilled foods, and frozen foods. UK legislation makes it clear that food must be stored in ways that will not cause harm to the consumer; rules about UK food storage and preparation are laid out in the Food Safety Act 1990. EU Food Hygi [...]



From farm to fork: Recording each step of a food's journey

21.10.19From a food safety perspective, the ability to trace a product from “farm to fork” is incredibly important. This allows retailers and businesses to respond rapidly to any food quality/safety incidents, thereby minimising consumer exposure to sub-standard or potentially dangerous products. Under UK legislation, all food businesses must be able to identify where their raw materials (including packaging) came from and where their products are [...]



What does HACCP mean in catering?

11.10.19You're probably already aware that HACCP involves controlling supplies and ingredients coming into a catering business and what is done with them thereafter. However, in this blog, we're going to break this down further, taking a closer look at what HACCP means in catering.

Who does it affect?

Catering businesses which will require a plan based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principle includ [...]