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

Bocuse d’Or winner’s restaurant fined for hygiene breaches

Geranium, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant of 2011 Bocuse d'Or winner Rasmus Kofoed, has been fined for hygiene breaches by Denmark's food safety authority. The Copenhagen restaurant has been ordered to pay £2,300 by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) who found “dead shellfish” such as oysters, scallops and crayfish kept in fridges at [...]

November 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Bocuse d’Or winner’s restaurant fined for hygiene breaches

Food inspectors target dead insects in drinks

Recent food hygiene inspections of bars using 'open top' pourers revealed dead ants, flies and other insects in every bottle checked. One bar was forced to dispose of 23 contaminated bottles and this issue is now becoming a focus for enforcement officers.  Now that more and more bars and clubs use 'speedrails' and open top pourers on bottles (rather [...]

September 25th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Award-winning food producer fined over hygiene

  The award-winning Dorset Smokery has has about 200kg of mouldy and contaminated meat, poultry and dairy products seized by Public Health officers from Christchurch and East Dorset Councils who obtained a search warrant following a tip off. Officers found items, also including olives and pate, which they described as mouldy or past their use-by date which [...]

April 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Award-winning food producer fined over hygiene

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

New study shows risks of cross-contamination from pork

A new study has measured the potential hazards found during preparation of pork in the home. It used Salmonella-contaminated pork products to measure how easy it is to inadvertently contaminate other foodstuffs when preparing pork.Three types of pork products were chosen: pork cuts, minced pork burgers, and fermented sausages. It showed - unsurprisingly - that heating [...]

March 21st, 2016|Food, News|Comments Off on New study shows risks of cross-contamination from pork

Foodborne illness facts

The latest statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 48 million Americans get sick every year with foodborne illnesses. Approximately 128,000 of them are hospitalized and 3,000 die. According to the CDC: Produce is the most common contributor to foodborne illnesses, accounting for 46% of them between 1998 and 2008, followed by meat and poultry, [...]

March 7th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Foodborne illness facts

UK restauranteur jailed over food hygiene

The owner of a restaurant that was so filthy a food safety officer said it was "one of the worst cases he has seen in more than 20 years" has been jailed.Alomigir Qureshi, 47, was also sentenced for employing an illegal immigrant at his Chai Wallah restaurant on Yarm High Street and for breaching a [...]

February 8th, 2016|News|Comments Off on UK restauranteur jailed over food hygiene