Can you get food poisoning from rice?

Food poisoning from eating a rice salad or reheated rice is quite common – why is this? Uncooked rice often contains spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.  These spores can survive when the rice is cooked.  When cooked rice is...

Environmental Health Inspection

Keep your Environmental Health Inspector smiling Your Environmental Health Inspection is split into three main headings and you need to score highly in all three areas to achieve/retain a Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating. As a reminder the three areas are –  ...

Suppliers Due Diligence

Suppliers Due Diligence Hot in the news last week was the action taken by The Food Standards Agency to halt any food products leaving sites operated by Russell Hume butchery because of concerns about serious non-compliance with food hygiene regulations.  This had a...

Student dies of allergic reaction

Student dies of allergic reaction A recent press report highlighted the case of a girl aged 18 who died after eating a chicken burger.  She was allergic to dairy, nuts and shellfish so, before ordering the chicken burger, she checked the ingredients with the...

Peak Performance

Don’t forget that training keeps your team at peak performance. You are only ever as good as the weakest link in your team.   Share knowledge, inspire and motivate. Trained, knowledgeable staff are happier staff and happier staff are motivated staff who will...

Get your ducks in a row!

Get your ducks in a row.  Let’s start the new year as we mean to go on! The start of a new year is a great time to review your kitchen procedures. Here are our 4 top priorities:- Is your food safety paperwork in order? Remember to keep things simple. Keep the...

Seasons Greetings

We wish you a happy and safe Christmas and remember to……………………. Wishing you a season of gladness, a season of cheer and to top it all off – a wonderful year! Food Fact Did you know the tradition of putting tangerines in...

Christmas Turkey Rules

The turkey rules ……………… Plan and make totally sure you have sufficient time to follow these simple but very important rules – – If frozen, defrost thoroughly and safely on bottom shelf of refrigerator, covered and...

Storage rules update

At this time of year, kitchens are getting very hot and busy and fridges are full to brimming.  Following stringent procedures becomes even more important to keep the food you prepare safe.  Avoid cross contamination by following the storage rules: Alert – Two...

Core Cooking Temperatures

Core Cooking Temperatures In the run up to the busiest period of the year, it is vital you do not shortcut your food safety procedures. Recording the core cooking temperature of high risk foods is part of your daily due diligence. Earlier this year a school chef was...