Free Campylobacter webinar, Weds 18th March

Tomorrow the Food Standards Agency is joining forces with the Meat Trades Journal (MTJ) to run a webinar on beating Campylobacter - the UK's most common bacterial cause of food poisoning. Campy is serious - it causes about 300,000 cases per year. MTJ Editor, Ed Bedington, will be chairing the session with presentations by Steve Wearne, [...]

March 17th, 2015|Food, Health|0 Comments

Social media mock food served on anything but plates

A joke Twitter account has been set up poking fun at food that is served on anything but plates. The @WeWantPlates account was started by West Yorkshireman Ross McGinnes just over a week ago, and already has 10,000 followers. McGinnes captioned the account with the bio: “Crusading against serving food on bits of wood and roof [...]

March 12th, 2015|Food, News|0 Comments

Allergen Update – Dec 2014

Food allergies continue to increase. It is a legal requirement that any allergenic ingredients are declared on pre-packed foods, but these requirements do not apply to foods which are sold unwrapped (in restaurants, bakeries, sandwich shops, deli counters, salad bars etc). It also isn’t required of foods that are sold ‘pre-packed for direct sale’ (that’s stuff wrapped [...]

Host and Catermasters Cook Up HCM Group

Independent caterers Host Management and Catermasters have merged to create a company called HCM Group, taking the annual turnover of the new firm to more than £60m. Host boss Bill Toner  will head up HCM as chief executive, with Catermasters co-founder Nigel Johnson  named deputy CEO of the business, which has over 240 operations and [...]

August 4th, 2014|Food, News|0 Comments

New 2014 E. coli Guidance from the FSA

Just published by the FSA... The Food Standards Agency has finally published (with little fanfare that we can see) its long-awaited update to E. coli cross-contamination guidance. This updates the '2011 Guidance' that came in after the Pennington Report. Interestingly the guidance on thermal disinfection in commercial dish wash machines bit disappeared between drafts 3 and 4 [...]