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Injury leads to amputation after unguarded mixer catches Liddell’s baker’s wedding ring

The Liddell’s Bakery worker was trapped in a food-mixing machine that broke bones in his left arm and resulted in an operation to remove his ring finger …

London chefs believe long working hours harm their health

A punishing long hours’ culture in professional kitchens puts the mental and physical health of chefs in London at risk, a survey by Unite has revealed…

Bells of Lazonby bakers fined after two workers suffer hand injuries

The first Bells of Lazonby worker lost the top of their middle finger after it caught the moving blade of a dough-dividing machine. The second worker…

FDF Convention 2017: Brexit, exports and the health debate

The Food and Drink Federation’s Convention will see industry leaders gather to address the challenges of Brexit, obesity and the new industrial strategy…

Alexandra: High Quality Workwear

Alexandra provides modern, well designed, fit-for-purpose and easy-to-care for workwear solutions for a multitude of sectors. David Harmer, Head of Category management tells us more…

KFC in Pontypool fined £100,000 for food hygiene offences

The court heard that on 19 May 2015, a senior environmental health officer from Torfaen council visited KFC in Pontypool following a complaint alleging the premises had no hot water and there were numerous cleaning issues.

RECALL: Aldi recalls branded biscuits due to possible pest contamination

The products, made by Baketime, have been withdrawn from Aldi on a precautionary basis. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

Discount supermarket Aldi has recalled some branded biscuits and snacks due to possible “pest contamination”.

The products, made by Baketime, have been withdrawn from sale “on a precautionary basis” because of “potential unhygienic manufacturing conditions”, the recall notice says, adding: “These products are sold by Aldi, Asvina, Booker and LBV.”

Customers have been warned not to eat the products and advised to return them to their nearest store.

All batches of the products had been recalled “as they may have been subject to pest contamination”. Affected products include Aldi Cheese Thins, Aldi Cheese Bakes, Aldi Oddbites and Aldi Ginger Nuts.

A spokeswoman for Aldi said: “We have recalled a number of Aldi-branded products that have been manufactured by Baketime and have immediately suspended all orders with this supplier while we investigate this matter.

“Customers that have purchased the products listed in our public recall notices should return them to their nearest store where they will be offered a full refund.”


The affected products are:

Aldi Cheese Thins (10% Cheese) – L16026, L16027, L16055, L16056, L16057, L16073, L16074, L16075

Aldi Cheese Bakes – L16026, L16027, L16032, L16033, L16039, L16040, L16046, L16047, L16053, L16366, L16060, L16066, L16067, L16073

Aldi Oddbites Cheese – L16060

Aldi Oddbites Salt and Vinegar – L16061

Aldi Oddbites Smoky Bacon – L16061

Aldi Ginger Nuts – L16047, L16048, L16061, L16062, L16068, L16069

Bestway Mini All Butter Shortbread L16034

Bestway Mini Brownies L16035

Bestway Mini Cheese Thins L16032, L16033

Bestway Mini Choc Chip Cookies L16035

Happy Shopper Cheese Thins L16026, L16027, L16032, L16053, L16366, L16060, L16066

Happy Shopper Fudge Brownies L16041

Happy Shopper Choc Chip Cookies L16041​

LBV Potato Bakes Korma L16034

LBV Potato Bakes Mild Thai L16034

LBV Strawberry and Vanilla Biscotti L16027


Original Source: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/mar/30/aldi-recalls-branded-biscuits-due-to-possible-pest-contamination

Food checks 25% down despite horsemeat crisis

Cuts to council budgets are putting public health at risk, say experts

Public health is being put at risk because councils are failing to carry out the required number of inspections at restaurants, takeaways and food processing plants, a report by the Food Standards Agency claims.

This is despite heightened concerns about food quality and standards following the horsemeat scandal and revelations about the potentially lethal food-poisoning bug campylobacter in supermarket chickens.

The report, which has tracked trends in enforcement activity over the past five years, found that many local authorities are failing to meet their obligations under UK law. Between 2010 and 2015, while there was growth of almost 7% in the number of UK food businesses, there was a similar fall in “food hygiene interventions” – inspections into the quality and contamination of food.

The number of food standards interventions, which examine whether food has been adulterated or mislabelled, fell by 6% over the same period.

“The overall position is one of growing concern,” the report notes, warning that there is worse to come. “At a local level, there are a good number of authorities which are struggling to undertake interventions of food businesses at the required frequencies. More generally, the number of food businesses and customer complaints continue to rise, while local authority staff resources, intervention and sampling levels continue to fall.

“These trends … highlight that many are not able to deliver a food service as set out in the statutory food law code of practice. We are also acutely aware that local authority resources, particularly in England, will face further significant reductions over the next few years.”

Anne Godfrey, the new chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, warned that trust in the UK’s multibillion pound food manufacturing and hospitality sectors was in danger of being undermined.

“Going out to eat should be an enjoyable experience and consumers should expect that the food they are eating is safe,” Godfrey said. “Food inspections and sampling are important checks, forming the basis of the food hygiene ratings scores, which are designed to provide robust information as well as allowing consumers to know exactly what the inspector has found. If the system fails in places, then the risks to people’s health and wellbeing are likely to increase.”

One particular concern is the steep drop in the random sampling of food, which has occurred despite calls for more testing of products in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. The report states: “The number of UK official samples has followed a steep downward trend (apart from a small increase in 2013-14, which was likely the result of increased activity relating to the horsemeat incident) from 92,122 samples in 2010-11 to 68,471 samples in 2014-15. This equates to a reduction of 25.7%.”

Analysis by Environmental Health News, the trade magazine for health inspectors, reveals that seven councils are carrying out less than 80% of the required interventions. The decline in interventions may be attributed in part to a 17% fall in the numbers of environmental health inspectors, from 2,775 in 2010 to 2,303 last year.

In a letter to the chancellor, George Osborne, several leading food safety experts, including Professor Chris Elliott, the man who led the official review into the UK’s food supply chain following the horsemeat controversy, warn that “the regulatory system is under tremendous pressure as a result of increasing demands, such as the need to effectively address food fraud and the continuing public sector cuts”.

They note that since 2013, the year of the horsemeat crisis, the FSA has been asked to make £22m in savings, while councils are having to cut their environmental health budgets by about 20%. With further cuts to come, they warn that public health could be jeopardised.

“It is our view that such further budget cuts will decrease the effectiveness and resilience of the regulatory system, reduce consumer confidence in its ability to protect their health and risk undermining trust in the food safety standards of the UK food industry.”

Original Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/31/food-checks-health-concerns?platform=hootsuite


Regulated food safety qualifications launched by the British Safety Council

New regulated food safety qualifications that enable workers, supervisors and managers in catering, food retail and food manufacturing sectors to learn how they can ensure excellent food safety standards have been launched by the British Safety Council.
The Level 2 Awards in Food Safety in Catering, Retail and Manufacturing enable staff in workplaces such as restaurants, bars, takeaways, shops and food preparation and manufacturing sites to learn how to take responsibility for food safety and keep the workplace clean and hygienic, in order that customers do not become ill from the food they purchase and consume.

The Level 3 Awards in Supervising Food Safety in Catering, Retail and Manufacturing provide supervisors and managers in the same types of premises with an essential understanding of how to implement and monitor good food safety and hygiene practices and ensure the business complies with food safety law.

The six qualifications are designed to be delivered by both large and small employers in the catering, retail and manufacturing sectors, independent training providers, schools, colleges and prisons, using learning materials provided by the British Safety Council. The Level 2 qualifications are designed to be delivered in one day and the Level 3 qualifications in three days. The learners’ knowledge and understanding is then assessed by multiple choice examination.

Marianne Phillips, the British Safety Council’s Products and Services Director, said: “With an estimated one million cases of food poisoning in the UK in 2014, according to the Food Standards Agency, it is crucial that anyone producing, handling or selling food for consumption by the public understands how to maintain excellent hygiene standards to protect consumers’ health and ensure their business complies with food safety law.

“Delivering our qualifications is very straightforward. Our online qualifications system allows users to purchase examinations and register and manage their candidates online. The results of online examinations are available immediately and paper-based examination results are typically available online within two working days following the return of the completed papers. Certificates are typically issued by post within only two to five days – faster than many other awarding organisations offering these same qualifications.
“Examination fees for the Food Safety qualifications start at just £5.50 + VAT per candidate, depending on the number of examinations purchased and the method of examination.”
The six new qualifications are:

For further details go to: www.britsafe.org/qualifications

See more at: https://www.britsafe.org/news/regulated-food-safety-qualifications-launched-british-safety-council#sthash.ZhteNYon.dpuf

B&M revolutionise food waste reduction

B&M Waste Services are pleased to unveil the B&M Waste Station, a new piece of technology that massively improves the efficiency and cost involved with food waste recycling.

Until now, food waste has been notoriously difficult to efficiently process and dispose of. It is also the waste stream most likely to cause waste contamination.

As a result, large amounts of food waste has ends up going to landfill each year. This is both costly for businesses and bad for the environment.

However, the B&M Waste Station offers an innovative solution to the traditional problems involved with food waste recycling. Its use can have a dramatic effect on recycling efficiency by reducing food waste by up to 80%. Also, the technology within the B&M Waste Station allows food waste to be re-used in processes such as composting, anaerobic digestion or the creation of pellets for biofuel.

B&M Waste Station – benefits and savings

  • Reduced transport costs as a result of fewer collections
  • Reduction in waste storage costs
  • Labour saving costs due to B&M Waste Station’s ease of use and self-cleaning mechanism.
  • Low operating costs due to technological efficiency

Who is the B&M Waste Station for?

All commercial/ public catering establishments including

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Canteens
  • Prisons

B&M Waste Services’ Director Neil Curtis said. “We are very excited to launch the B&M Waste Station. It has always been part of B&M’s culture to strive to be at the forefront of technological advances and innovations within the waste management industry. The Waste Station is the latest example of this. We’ve already placed this at a number of customer sites who are reaping the benefits of cost effective and environmentally friendly food waste management”

For more information or media enquiries, please contact Jayne Kennedy at B&M Waste Services on 0151 346 2900 or email jaynekennedy@bagnallandmorris.com



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