What is E coli?

Ecoli  is a harmful bacterium that is particularly dangerous because it has the ability to survive during refrigeration and freezing. If consumed, even at very low doses, it can lead to death or serious untreatable illness. Key sources of E coli are found on raw meat,...

Cooking and Cooling Records

Recording times and temperatures is that extra check that you are adhering to your food safety procedures. If the staff involved in the Hornchurch food poisoning incident a couple of years ago had filled in their temperature records they would have known that the food...

How chilled are your salads?

Usually a salad bar (or saladette) will contain a number of protein ingredients such as tuna, eggs, meats, coleslaw (mayonnaise). Often the containers used to display the salads are not tight fitting in the chiller unit so the unit loses a lot of cold air. This in...

Chill out!

Chill out! All batch cooked foods that are chilled before storage must be kept under stringent controls.   Keep food safe following these strict cooling procedures:- Cook the food to above 75°C and record temperature Cool in Blast Chiller or ice bath to lowest...