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Food Ratings Will Test Customer Loyalty, Report Shows

According to a survey by insurance company NFU Mutual, 44% of customers would not return to their favourite eatery if it displayed a rating of lower than four stars.  Under the food hygiene rating scheme in Wales, businesses have been required to display their rating since 2013, during which the number of five-star scores has [...]

February 13th, 2017|Food, News|0 Comments

Contents of Mandarin Oriental London to be auctioned

Around 2,500 items of furniture, fixtures and fittings from the five-red-AA-star, 189-bedroom Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park are to be auctioned as a comprehensive renovation of the iconic property gets under way. The hotel will remain open throughout the 18-onth transformation,which will see the refurbishment of all the bedrooms and suites, as well as a redesign [...]

October 17th, 2016|Food, News|Comments Off on Contents of Mandarin Oriental London to be auctioned

MRSA found in supermarket pork

A number of meat products made from British pigs have been shown to be infected with a livestock strain of MRSA, according to recent reports inThe Guardian. The newspaper reports that of 97 UK-produced pork products sold in major UK supermarkets, three were found to be contaminated with the CC398 strain of MRSA. This strain is widespread [...]

October 10th, 2016|Food, Health, News|0 Comments

Dinner By Heston wins another award in Australia

We just love it when our customers win awards! And it's just been announced Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Melbourne, Australia has won 'two hats' in the 37th The Age Good Food Guide Awards, adding to an already impressive list of accolades.  The restaurant - opened in 2o15 - is the sibling of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal [...]

September 19th, 2016|Food, News|0 Comments

Food allergy? Cure it with bacteria.

Countless microorganisms live in your intestinal tract. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now shown that intestinal bacteria also play a role in determining the strength of serious allergic reactions to foods. The human microbiota - or the entirety of bacteria which live in and on you - has a complex influence on health. Even how you [...]

September 12th, 2016|Food, Health, News|0 Comments

Yeast mutation threatening sake production

Biologists at Hiroshima University have identified the genetic mutation that could ruin production of high-quality sake.The research was part of an academic-government-industry collaboration involving the Japan National Institute of Brewing, the Asahi Sake Brewing Company, and several universities.Two types of sake considered to be of especially high quality are daiginjo-shu and junmai-daiginjo-shu and are often [...]

‘Food Crime Confidential’ Launched

‘Food Crime Confidential’ - a reporting facility where food crime can be reported safely and in confidence - has now been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU). This is the unit set up by the Government in response to the probe into the recent horse meat scandal. This  reporting facility allows anyone with suspicions about food crime to report them safely and in [...]

Restauranteur fined £30,000 for dirt

The owner of a filthy restaurant who put the public at risk has been fined £30,000 after an investigation by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The owners of Woody Grill restaurant and takeaway in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, pleaded guilty in court to a total of eight offences. H&F Council’s environmental health team stepped in after [...]

April 18th, 2016|Food, News|Comments Off on Restauranteur fined £30,000 for dirt

Salmonella uses GPS to conquer our immune system

Researchers have discovered that the potentially deadly foodborne bacteria Salmonella uses its food as a GPS system.The bug can sense if it’s in the gut or elsewhere in the body based on sensing a substance found in our cell membranes, which is also a nutrient it consumes. It then uses that information to determine whether it should be [...]

March 28th, 2016|Food, Health, Infection, News|Comments Off on Salmonella uses GPS to conquer our immune system