FOOD SAFETY / HACCP NEWS
More food business to come within scope of food hygiene ratings (Scores-on-the-Doors), in Wales. (FSA 4/4/14)
Later this year, from November 2014, trade-to-trade food businesses, such as food manufacturers and wholesale providers in Wales who do not sell food directly to the public, will come within the scope of the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013. Contact us for HACCP training help improve your score, before it’s to late.
Face closure unless hand hygiene covered
Environmental Health News 6/2/14
Food operators must have access to hot running water and soap wherever they are working with food or face closure if appropriate hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
“Mobile vendors and outdoor caterers need access to hand wash facilities on the go as cross-contamination is a real threat and safeguarding customers against bacteria is essential,” says Manty Stanley, managing director at TEAL.
“The guideline from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health is clear – ‘at food outlets where high risk foods are handled, alcohol-based hand gel/sanitiser must only be used as a supplement to a fully equipped wash hand basin’
“This advice coupled with a report from the Health Protection Agency last year suggesting food, chopping boards and cleaning cloths tested from mobile and outdoor food vendors were contaminated with a range of bacteria, including E-Coli[, just highlights why hand hygiene should be a top priority,” says Manty.
Which? study names Ealing as second worst in country for food hygiene
Labour-run Ealing Council has defended its record after it was ‘named and shamed’ as the second worst borough for food hygiene
“We’ll name and shame firms with poor food safety”: FSA have said
Food businesses guilty of sub-standard food safety practices will be named and shamed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in new reports to be launched next year.
Food hygiene is getting easier to spot in Wales
From 28 /11/13 a new law – the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013, was introduced by the Welsh Government – this will mean that businesses in Wales that serve or sell food will be required to display their food hygiene rating at their premises. We can help you increase your rating by having the correct training and guidance, Contact us now be pro-active not reactive.
HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS
Health & Safety poster
If you still have the old style Health & Safety Law poster (1999 version) it must be replaced by the latest poster (or pocket card version for each employee) by 5th April this year at the latest. To download the free health and safety law leaflets and pocket cards visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm.
Joint prosecution leads to suspended prison sentence
Hull takeaway owner has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years following a joint prosecution by environmental health and police relating to food safety offences and perverting the course of justice.
Staffordshire firm in court after worker shatters arm in dangerous machinery
A Leek company that weaves and dyes webbing for seatbelts and harnesses has been fined after an employee seriously injured his arm in an unguarded machine.
Port Talbot company in court over worker’s head injuries
A Port Talbot manufacturer has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious injuries when her head became trapped between two machines.
COSHH signage has changed (1st Oct 13)
Did you know the legislation regarding COSHH Health & Safety Signage has changed? Hazardous Substances are used more often than you might think. Hair dressers, Dry Cleaners, Bakers, Engineers – make sure you comply with the law. COSHH safety signs have been changed and by 2015 the old style signs will be no longer be legal. Keep your company safe and up to date.
MB TRAINING NEWS
Mike has just attended 2 trainer events for 2 x new courses.
Level 3 Award in Food Allergen Management
Level 3 Award Food Safety Culture
Both of these new course will be available from July/ August 2014
Level 3 Food Safety 21st, 28th,July 4th Aug
Level 4 Food Safety 18th , 25th Aug, 1st Sep, 8th , 15th, (22nd Sep Exam)
Level 3 EaT (PTLLS) 22nd, 29th July 5th,, 12th, 19th ,Aug
TPP (Train-the-Trainer) 5th,, 12th, 19th ,Aug
Level 3 Health & Safety 23rd , 30th July 6th Aug
Level 4 Health & Safety 3rd , 10th , 17th ,24th ,Sep 1st ,(8th , Oct Exam
If you would like further details or to book a place please contact us
For anyone thinking about going on the food safety course, I’d definitely say go for it. It’s definitely worth it, especially if you’re hoping to go into anything in catering. The instructor was absolutely brilliant, and it was a really manageable way of learning. . –Samantha – Gingerbread
MB Training have delivered training here for many years. Our staff feel comfortable with the trainer who is experienced in adult learning techniques. MB Training offer a range of well established courses and we have appreciated the integrity of the trainer and the ability of the trainer to shape the courses to apply specifically to our production needs ie making it more bespoke, whilst at the same time, maintaining externally benchmarked standards. – Dr Alison J Simmons, Compliance training process officer Glaxo Smith Kline
Mike delivered a Level 4 Food Safety for Manufacturing course to our Technical and Production team over the period of one week. His presentation of the information and the structure of the training sessions was such that we managed to pack a great deal into each day leaving us time to digest and reflect on the information as well as consider the exam which was looming at the end of the week!! Everyone who attended the course enjoyed the sessions and the manner in which Mike engaged with his audience. I would certainly use MB Training again for this type of activity in the future. –Richard Mynott, Executive General Manager, Brace’s Bakery Limited