14 10, 2020

Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID-19

2020-10-21T21:42:03+00:00Environmental Health, Food Hygiene, Food Safety, HACCP, Information, News, Restaurant Industry|

A checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction. Planning and preparation for start-up Site checks Equipment checks Ingredient and product checks Social distancing measures Reopening your food business after a period of closure will require some extra checks alongside your ‘normal’ daily opening checks. These will help to make sure that your business can restart safely. You will need to maintain your basic hygiene standards and recognise the areas where greater attention will be required. [...]

13 10, 2020

Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

2020-10-21T21:21:57+00:00Environmental Health, Food Hygiene, Food Safety, HACCP, Information|

Having a commercial kitchen cleaning checklist is useful because it helps you stay organised and keep on top of food safety guidelines. When it comes to running a commercial kitchen, cleanliness is a top priority. Your customers not only appreciate a clean kitchen, but the law requires it. Whether you run a small restaurant, residential home, large hotel or global fast-food chains, all kitchens must follow food service and health regulations. So what's essential to keep your kitchen [...]

17 07, 2020

Food Safety is main consumer concern

2020-09-07T11:59:05+00:00Food Safety, Going Digital, HACCP, Restaurant Industry|

Consumer concern over food safety highlights potential for digital assurance A recent study of consumers’ food safety concerns shows that there is a gap between consumers perceived food safety and the reality of food safety. It has been shown that companies who can demonstrate that they take food safety seriously can close the trust gap. The survey highlights: Food safety is the primary concern for consumers: 85% trust branded products, 80% non-packaged products and 69% packaged unbranded products. Consumers [...]

31 10, 2019

Chef Technology

2020-09-08T15:41:35+00:00Technology|

Chef Technology Is technology moving people away from manual and skilled labour jobs? In many cases the answer is yes, so those who remain in these professions are increasingly sought after, meaning they can get paid more than they used to for doing the same job, and the best can charge whatever they like. Fo a Chef the relationship with food is too personal to be automated, the passion and love for cooking, and eating, simply can't be replaced. [...]

31 10, 2019

Why your Environmental Health Officer wants you to go digital

2020-01-19T18:22:37+00:00Environmental Health, Food Safety, Going Digital, HACCP, Refrigeration, Technology|

Why your Environmental Health Officer wants you to go digital As a good business, under European legislation, you are legally required to have in place a documented food safety, or HACCP policy.While the vast majority of establishments just print off and use the standard pages from the Food Standards Agency website, it is entirely up to the business itself as to what method they use as long as they can show a completed and reliable record of food safety [...]

21 10, 2019

Your freezer has failed, now what?

2020-01-19T19:14:30+00:00Food Hygiene, Food Safety, Refrigeration|

For commercial kitchens a freezer breakdown can have severe consequences affecting both customer service and profits. Stock contained within the broken freezer must be assessed for safety and disposed of if unsafe to eat. But how can you tell what should be thrown away, and what can be reused? If you know that the refrigeration has only just failed,  eg: a loss of power or you are onsite at the time of failure, you can follow these steps to help [...]

25 03, 2019

What is HACCP

2020-10-13T16:33:19+00:00HACCP|

Hazard analysis and critical control points, or HACCP (/ˈhæsʌp/), is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe and designs measures to reduce these risks to a safe level. Simply, HACCP is a way of managing food safety hazards. Food safety management procedures should be based on HACCP principles. HACCP involves looking closely at what you do in your business what [...]

13 12, 2018

Restaurants can improve profits with a better food safety system

2019-11-04T13:00:12+00:00Food Hygiene|

What is HACCP As a specialist in Food Safety legislation compliance, we are committed to showing how Food Safety compliance can provide commercial kitchens with additional financial benefits and consumer satisfaction. When it comes to restaurants and cafes, there are many factors that determine just how successful they will be. Great food, good customer service, a convenient location and a relaxed atmosphere are all important, but those factors aren’t necessarily plain to see for potential first-time customers. As [...]

30 11, 2018

Are your staff washing their hands?

2019-11-10T11:29:21+00:00Environmental Health, Food Hygiene|

Are your staff washing their hands? Your food business staff need to be washing their hands properly and frequently to maintain a healthy kitchen! Washing is important to help prevent harmful bacteria from spreading from peoples’ hands. All staff that work with food must wash their hands: when in the kitchen or preparation area before preparing food after touching raw food after handling food waste or emptying a bin after cleaning after blowing their nose after touching phones, [...]

25 10, 2018

Acrylamide and Food Safety

2019-11-10T10:27:56+00:00Food Safety|

What is HACCP Acrylamide is a chemical that naturally forms in starchy food products during high-temperature cooking, including frying, baking, roasting and also industrial processing, at +120°C and low moisture. The main chemical process that causes this is known as the Maillard Reaction; it is the same reaction that ‘browns’ food and affects its taste. Acrylamide forms from sugars and amino acids (mainly one called asparagine) that are naturally present in many foods. Acrylamide is found in products such [...]