I recently presented a paper at the Hospital Caterers Association conference on the horsemeat scandal. I examined the need to be confident that sound systems are put in place to prevent a reoccurrence, but also we have to have confidence in both the methods of testing and the interpretation of the results, including validation of [...]
The hands are the most common vehicle for spreading bacteria around a food premises and the average person’s hands carry at least 3,000 different bacteria. STS explores preventative measures to reduce the risk of cross contamination…
Why is hand washing important?
The hands are the most common vehicle for spreading bacteria around a food premises and the [...]
The findings from an investigation conducted by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has concluded there is strong evidence between the consumption of pre-cut bagged salad products (likely labelled as ready-to-eat) and a large outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis in England and Scotland in May 2012.
What is Cryptosporidiosis?
Cryptosporidiosis is highly infectious and is caused by a protozoan [...]
Food Safety Risk – Raw and lightly cooked meats on the menu. Gastronomic perfection or food safety risk?
Thoroughly cooking food is one of the best ways of destroying most types of pathogenic bacteria, but modern culinary practices and customer preferences are seeing an ever increasing amount of high risk foods served raw or lightly cooked. But this debatable practice on balancing gastronomic perfection over safety issues could lead to food poisoning and [...]
The national scandal of horsemeat in beef products highlighted weaknesses in the supply chain to supermarkets and other food distributors. But a damning report raises again the issue of deliberate fraud in restaurants and takeaways to maximise profits.
Most lamb dishes contain pork, chicken or beef
A recent report conducted in Scotland reveals a third of curry [...]
STS hit the TV screens on Wednesday 27 February 2013
Tune in to see our Consultancy Manager, Mike Williams provide advice on a variety of subjects… Holiday Hit Squad – 8pm BBC1