Food Safety

Who will pay for food safety regulations?

Who will pay for food safety regulations?

By Andrew Don

The free trade is under threat from a proposed food safety regime that some believe has the potential to inflict huge financial damage unless publicans unite with other small food businesses and fight to get their voice heard.

Changes needed: the pub required improvement in its food safety (photo credit: Jaggery)

Greene King pub gets zero rating for food hygiene

By Nikkie Sutton

A Greene King pub has been awarded a zero food-hygiene rating and has been required to make major improvement in its food safety management and food handling methods, just days after a new manager took on the site.

Scores on the doors: five-star food hygiene ratings can be challenging

How to get a five star food hygiene rating

By Nikkie Sutton

Food safety issues can seriously damage a pub's reputation but, a five star food hygiene rating can improve it and The Morning Advertiser takes a look at how this can be achieved.

Hung out to dry: cleaning cloths being reused is one mistake operators make

Most common hospitality food safety mistakes

By Nikkie Sutton

The most common food safety mistakes made in the hospitality sector include reusing unclean cloths, inadequate allergen understanding and working when ill, according to public health experts.

Pub food focus: (L-R) Bidfood's Andy Kemp and Andrew Selley

The Big Interview

Bidfood sets sights on growing pub customers

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs will be a bigger focus for Bidfood (formerly Bidvest Foodservice) in the coming years, according to chief executive Andrew Selley and sales and marketing director Andy Kemp, who agree the trade is primed to grow its dry sales to new heights.

Burning issue: acrylamide a real risk (credit: otografiche/thinkstock.co.uk)

Acrylamide reduction to become legal obligation

By Andrew Don

Reduction of the potential carcinogen acrylamide will shortly become a legal obligation for food businesses. Here is what lies behind the headlines and how the pub trade will be affected.

Food safety: scores on doors could well become mandatory

FOOD SAFETY

Scores on the doors: the evolution of food safety regulations

By Andrew Don

With moves afoot to introduce a new regulatory system that would see pubs and other food businesses mandated to display food hygiene ratings, it has never been more important for publicans to get on top of food-safety systems to ensure they don’t fall...

Food safety failures: don't make the headlines

Food safety failures: don't make the headlines

By Daniel Woolfson

Recent events have driven home the point that slip-ups — when it comes to food safety, allergens and cleaning — have the potential to devastate businesses and lethally tarnish reputations. Daniel Woolfson looks at how operators can safeguard themselves...

Food hygiene is more important to consumers than good service

Food safety

Diners prefer rude staff to dirty premises, research shows

By Nicholas Robinson

Diners would sooner put up with rude staff than a dirty or unclean venue, according to new research that revealed 61% of UK consumers wouldn’t risk eating in an establishment that had a low Food Standards Agency hygiene rating.

Labelling rare burger risks on menus may not be enough, warns expert

Food safety

Rare burger risk warnings ‘not enough to save you in court’

By Nicholas Robinson

Warning pub customers about the potential dangers of ordering and eating high-risk foods – such as oysters and rare burgers – is unlikely to be enough of a defence to stave off prosecution in the event of legal action.

Food fraud is a growing and serious threat to all food businesses, experts have warned

Food Safety

Britain’s fruit and veg supplies ‘overlapped by drug cartels’

By Nicholas Robinson

The countries supplying Britain's fresh fruit and vegetables are overlapped by drug-smuggling gangs, an expert in the field has revealed, following warnings that operators may have long-since been at risk of many types of food fraud.

'Food safety must now become more of a priority for pubs,' experts have urged

News Analysis: Food Safety

‘Multimillion-pound fines’ for unsafe food operators

By Nicholas Robinson

Diners need to know the food they are eating at your site is safe but some experts fear budget cuts could see a reduction in safety measures. Nicholas Robinson investigates

Food safety concerns are likely to get worse, says FSA report

Food safety

Consumers' health 'put at risk' through Government budget cuts

By Nicholas Robinson

Complaints from consumers about food quality and safety have reached a high following Government budget cuts to local authorities, which has resulted in councils failing to carry out enough food safety inspections, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has...

Profit by putting food on board

Advice

Profit by putting food on board

By Poppleston Allen

You might now be thinking about your business plans for the new year, and what you could do to differentiate your offering from that of your competitors.

More than 1m cases of food poisoning in the UK a year

Food safety

New food safety qualifications launched

By Nicholas Robinson

Six new food safety qualifications to help food businesses prepare safe and legal meals have been launched by the British Safety Council.

Rare burger preparation guidance will be difficult to implement

Rare burger rules ‘won’t keep diners safe’

By Nicholas Robinson

Food businesses won’t be able to guarantee consumer safety when serving rare burgers, even after implementing the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) new guidance, experts have warned.

New FSA rare burger rules aren't 'robust enough', says food safety expert

Rare burger rule change ‘costly’ for pub chefs

By Nicholas Robinson

Serving rare burgers in UK food businesses could be expensive and remain potentially dangerous, even with new Food Standards Agency (FSA) controls in place, a leading food safety consultant has warned.

Counterfeit drinks: Are they poison?

Advice: counterfeit food and drink

By Andrew Don

An offer that is too good to be true usually is, says Andrew Don, who has investigated the scourge of counterfeit food and drinks.

Technology such as Checkit can help with monitoring food safety standards

Business Advice

The Fight Against Grime

By Phil Mellows

When it comes to catering for the public, nothing comes higher than food hygiene and, as Phil Mellows reveals, running a tight ship is the only sound approach

Operators should keep documentary evidence of all training and checks carried out

5 food safety tips for pubs

By Poppleston Allen

The food safety enforcement regime is something operators should be acutely aware of. It is imperative to have good systems and procedures to protect yourselves from enforcement action, which can be damaging and costly to your business. Here are 5 tips...