Health and Safety Blog

Austerity and Food Safety

As austerity continues to blight the lives of most ordinary people and the price of meat continues to soar, spare a thought for the farmers who are losing their livelihoods to rustlers…yes “Rustlers!” The increase of livestock being stolen from the UK countryside, has increased recently costing the UK economy…

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Pathogenic Bacteria

Pathogenic Bacteria What causes many common food-borne illnesses? Ingestion of Pathogenic Bacteria or toxins that can result in infection and/or the production of toxic by-products in the human gut. Pathogenic Bacteria A single celled organism that lives independently, invisible to the naked eye and to see them requires a microscope with a…

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Food Safety Auditing & Inspection

Food Safety Auditing & Inspection

Food Safety Auditing & Inspection It goes without saying that, for any food safety auditing & inspection to be successful, there is a requirement for the auditors and inspectors, themselves, to be trained and for them to have the relevant qualifications and working knowledge as deemed appropriate to complete Food Safety…

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Factors That Have An Influence On Audits & Inspections

Audits and Inspections Effective auditing/inspection identifies, using measures of efficiency, that a food company has established and implemented a food safety management system, which is compliant with legislation, industry standards and works effectively, allowing for any non-conformance to be identified, acted on and the risk to the consumer removed. An…

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Effective Audits & Inspections

EFFECTIVE AUDITS & INSPECTIONS I recently held a conversation with a gentleman and the need for auditing and thought it would be a good time to write a piece on auditing broadly based on the ISO 19011 approach and so here is part 1 of a number of articles on…

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Managing Health & Safety

Managing Health and Safety Managing health & safety is an integral part of managing your business. You need to do a risk assessment to find out about the risks in your workplace, put sensible measures in place to control them, and make sure they stay controlled. This section provides information…

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Micro-organisms – a brief introduction

Micro-organisms – a brief introduction Micro-organisms – a very small life form such as bacteria, viruses, some fungi and microscopic viruses.  not all bacteria are harmful.  There are three main types: helpful bacteria, pathogenic bacteria and spoilage bacteria. Helpful Bacteria & Micro-organisms Helpful bacteria sometimes called ‘friendly’ bacteria. these can…

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