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The News Room

The latest Food and Health & Safety news & opinion:

January 30, 2015

Food Safety: FDA Finally Admits Chicken Meat Contains Cancer-Causing Arsenic

Fairly well-known anyway but FDA in the US admits that arsenic is fed to chickens….frightening

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 67    

29 September, 2014

Customer Service: And we thought Customer Service was dead in this country!

Olu, employee of Ritazza coffee at London Bridge station, walks with girl onto platform with payment machine so that she can pay for a coffee and not miss her train….great job Olu!!

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 66

10 September, 2014

Food: OK, not saying grow your own but we could definitely shop more locally than Brazil

Woman finds eggs of 'world's deadliest spider' in bunch of Tesco bananas

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 65

08 August, 2014

Food: A top biologist on the hidden horrors in your restaurant

Fancy a slice of lemon in your water? You won't after reading this:
Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 64

17 July, 2014

Food: Why was your service slow?

Interesting article on challenges to restaurant service in the hi-tech era.

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 63

11 March, 2014

Food Safety: Owner of Dizz food store, Dagenham, fined thousands for pest infestation

The owner of a convenience store was told by a judge that he has “total disregard for food hygiene regulations and public safety”. We would ask why does it take five years of “guidance” before he is prosecuted?

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 62

21 August, 2013

Food Safety: Ever wondered why it is safe to eat rare steak?

The Food Standards Agency has written a letter to Charles Campion explaining that rare steaks are safe to eat, following his article in today's Daily Mail that incorrectly stated that the FSA has 'issued "guidance" that meat in restaurants should be cooked until no pink remains.'  (do wish they had used the term bacteria instead of germs though)

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 61

14 August, 2013

Food Safety: Havering Council prosecutes Grill Spot for food safety offences

A fried chicken shop has been fined £9,406 after pleading guilty to “very serious” food safety offences after an investigation by Havering Council.

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 60

11 March, 2013

Experts fear diseases 'impossible to treat'

Alarming rise in bacteria resistant to antibiotics, Government report finds

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 59

11 March, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant infections spread through Europe

Experts blame overuse of medicines for huge rise in bacteria that are almost impossible to treat

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 58

11 March, 2013

Threat posed by resistance to antibiotics 'ranks alongside terrorism'

The threat posed by resistance to antibiotics should be ranked alongside terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer has said.

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 57

5 March, 2013

Ikea withdraws almond cakes due to 'faecal' bacteria

Almond cakes withdrawn in 23 countries after excessive level of coliform bacteria reportedly found in two batches in China

Click for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 56

07 February, 2013

On it goes………Findus beef lasagne products found with horse meat

As part of its ongoing investigation into mislabelled meat, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed that the meat content of beef lasagne products recalled by Findus has tested positive for more than 60% horse meat.

Click here for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 55

04 February, 2013

Ongoing horse meat investigation…..more found

As part of its ongoing investigation into mislabelled meat, the FSA has tested a quantity of frozen meat currently detained in a cold store on the premises of a company called Freeza Meats in Northern Ireland, which is potentially linked to the Silvercrest factory in the Republic of Ireland.

Click here for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 54

21 January, 2013

Recall of Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess cakes, sweets and bakery products from an establishment served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice

A range of bakery products are reported to be mouldy, past their ‘best before’ date and contaminated as a result of a rat infestation at the premises.

Click here for full story: All Training Matters / News Room / Article 53

18 January, 2013

Salmonella scare - Sainsbury's recalls own-brand Lemon Thyme.

Sainsbury’s is recalling its own-brand Lemon Thyme because salmonella has been detected in one pack during routine testing. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

All Training Matters / News Room / Article 52

17 January, 2013

Recall of bacon ribs and cooked pig stomachs produced by an unapproved establishment:

Watson’s Wholesale Meats and Savouries Ltd has produced bacon ribs and cooked pig stomachs in unapproved premises under unsatisfactory hygiene conditions.

All Training Matters / News Room / Article 51

16 January, 2013

Tesco beef burgers found to contain 29% horse meat

Horse meat has been found in burgers on sale in British supermarkets. Tests on beef products sold in Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland and Dunnes Stores uncovered low levels of the animal’s DNA.

All Training Matters / News Room / Article 50

16 January, 2013

Premier League grounds' hygiene exposed with reports of mice at Old Trafford and uncooked chicken at Swansea

Mice, uncooked chicken and out of date turkey are just some of the hygiene nasties that health inspectors have discovered at Premier League football grounds.

All Training Matters / News Room / Article 49

14 January, 2013

Food Safety: KFC Blackwood prosecuted following council investigation

Not a good year for KFC

All Training Matters / News Room / Article 48

14 January, 2013

Food Safety: Swansea store guilty of seven food offences

£5000 for seven offences…….is it enough to make an impact?

All Training Matters / News Room / Article 47

09 January, 2013

KFC's bad publicity: a 'brain' in one of its meals and a beaten-up protester

For the record…it wasn’t a brain….but put the word into quotations and you can be as inaccurate or sensationalistic as you like…

All Training Matters / News Room / Article 46

04 January, 2013

Food Safety: Christmas Day Tragedy

A woman has died and 30 people have fallen ill following a Christmas Day lunch at an Essex pub………  Interestingly most of the media focus has been on the hospital rather than standards of Food Hygiene

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 45

21 November, 2012

Food Safety: Recall of peanut butter and peanut-based products

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning consumers not to eat certain peanut butter and peanut-based products which have been imported from the US because of possible contamination with salmonella. 

 All Training Matters/News Room/Article 44

19 November, 2012

Food Safety: Cafe charged £3,000 for food hygiene failures

19 offences and 3 failures to comply

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 43

17 October, 2012

Food Safety: Hygiene reminder following Northern Ireland E.coli outbreak

The update is prompted by the current outbreak of E.coli 0157 in Belfast.

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 42

Food Safety: Shanghai Village prosecuted food hygiene and health and safety offences

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 41

01 October, 2012

Food Safety: Banbury Fried Chicken roasted for food hygiene breaches

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 40

06 September, 2012

Food Safety: Sainsbury's beer recalled

Sainsbury's is recalling its Biere des Moulins Lager and St Cervois Premium Lager, because a small number may contain pieces of glass. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 39

30 August, 2012

Food Safety: Food & Snacks business fined more than £30,000 for food hygiene offences

Read about the appalling conditions of a sandwich and snack factory that supplied businesses nationwide…….

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 38

06 July, 2012

Benefits of Training:

We have just completed a thorough training programme for Bistro Qui? in Liverpool and Shrewsbury.  Courses in Food Safety, Health & Safety, Conflict Resolution & Personal Safety, Customer Service and Management Development  / What Makes a Leader? No surprise with their commitment to training that the business continues to thrive and expand.  Great company, check out their websites below:

www.bistroqui.com     http://www.thehub-liverpool.com

06 June, 2012

Legionnaires’ Disease facts:

1 death and a possible outbreak imminent in Edinburgh.  You can see more facts here….

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 36

29 May, 2012

Food Safety: Owner sentenced over dirty takeaway

This is the real problem with Food Safety….read about the state of the place and then see what the punishment was….makes our blood boil!

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 35

23 April, 2012

Fake vodka removed from Lewisham store

Bottles of fake vodka have been removed from premises in Lewisham following a joint operation by the Food Standards Agency and Lewisham Council.

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 34

03 April, 2012

Olympic food safety campaign launched

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 33

13 March, 2012

Beware: Food businesses targeted by bogus calls

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 32

27 February, 2012

Food Safety: Concerning new information on the presence of Campylobactor in chicken

In Brief:

  • Campylobactor is the most commonly found contamination in chicken (salmonella has been on the decrease for 5 years or so)
  • There are up to 700,000 cases of Campylobactor poisoning per year, of which 80 are fatal.
  • Two thirds of chickens (70% of indoor flocks) are affected
  • This is now the number 1 priority for the Food Standards Agency
  • A big offender is undercooked chicken liver pate
  • Follow this link for the Health Protection Agency’s advice and information sheet. All Training Matters/News Room/Article 31   

09 February, 2012

Food Safety: £54,000 fine and ban for owners of ‘disgraceful’ restaurant

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 30  

04 February, 2012

Food Safety: FSA survey reports that 79% of people are “aware” of the hygiene standards of places they eat out. They make their judgments based on:

General appearance of premises (64%)

Appearance of staff (52%)

Reputation (41%)

Full report here: All Training Matters/News Room/Article 29

02 February, 2012

Food Safety: Outbreak of Salmonella Newport possibly linked to watermelons

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 28

Food Safety: £10k fine for mouse droppings in Twickenham baker’s kitchen

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 27

10 January, 2012

Food Safety: Some Chorizo, Serrano ham & Tapas trio bought from Makro contain listeria..DO NOT EAT

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 26

05 January, 2012

Food Safety: Food colourings associated with hyperactivity

According to research at Southampton University, funded by the Food Standards Agency, there are six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in young children:

  • sunset yellow FCF (E110)
  • quinoline yellow (E104)
  • carmoisine (E122)
  • allura red (E129)
  • tartrazine (E102)
  • ponceau 4R (E124)

16 December, 2011

Food Safety: Raw meat drips blood onto fresh veg in Newport shop

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 24

15 December, 2011

Food Safety: Owner fined £3,788 for cockroach-infested restaurant

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 23

15 December, 2011

Food Safety: Talking Turkey Part 1 (how not to give your family food poisoning as a Christmas gift)

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 22

9 December, 2011

FoodSafety: Home dishcloths – 90% harbour dangerous levels of bacteria

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 21

2 December, 2011

Health & Safety: Hotel fined £5,000 for health & safety offences

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 20

2 December, 2011

Food Safety: 90% of Campylobacter outbreaks at catering venues due to undercooked chicken liver pate

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 19

1 December, 2011

Health & Safety: One million self-employed to be exempt from H&S law

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 18

13 November 2011

FSA warning on certain jars of Lloyd Grossman Korma sauce

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 17

4 November, 2011

Food Safety: Best Western Hotel fined £16,000 

 All Training Matters/News Room/Article 16

4 November, 2011

Food Safety: Import ban on produce from Egypt extended

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 15

31 October 2011

Trafford contractor fined £145k over worker's death

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 14

25 October 2011

Gaudiano olives withdrawn due to botulism

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 13

13 October 2011

Rock Farm Dairy recalls milk and cream

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 12

10 October 2011

Food Standards Agency - Search for food hygiene ratings

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 11

05 July 2011

BEKO frost free fridge freezers safety warning

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 10

25 June 2011

E Coli Updated sprouted beans statement

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 9

17 June 2011

The Co-operative recalls salad dressing

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 8

17 June 2011

Iceland recalls beef in oyster sauce noodles

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 7

6 June 2011

E coli outbreak 'trail' leads to German bean sprouts

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 6

14 January 2011

Margaret Perthen finds gecko in Tesco bag of broccoli
All Training Matters/News Room/Article 5

24th November 2010

E.coli boy, five, died in front of his mother after school meal
All Training Matters/News Room/Article 4

27th July 2010

Egg fried mice is off the menu after mouse found in sweet and sour sauce 
All Training Matters/News Room/Article 3

27 May 2010

Check out a restaurant's most recent hygiene inspection before you go there.... you might be surprised!

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 2

27 May 2010

KFC fined over cockroach discovery

All Training Matters/News Room/Article 1