Entries by Sam Turner

Aspartame: Is it Safe?

What is Aspartame, and is it safe? With the new sugar tax coming into effect from April 2018, it can be expected that companies will be using low calorie alternatives in their products even more frequently as a means to avoid paying any extra revenue, as you would anticipate they might. For a number of […]

What is Clostridium Botulinum?

Clostridium Botulinum For those of us born before the technological age, our childhoods would probably have involved playing outside for much of the time, making our own entertainment.  For many, playing in the mud and dirt was a great pastime.  You might be one of those that made mud pies and got absolutely filthy, to […]

Is The Sugar Tax Justified?

Thoughts on the Sugar Tax If you have a sweet tooth, you might have found the proposals to impose a tax on sugary drinks in the latest Budget slightly disappointing.  There is no denying that childhood obesity is a problem in the UK and that steps need to be taken to combat it, but is […]

Hepatitis E in Pork

There is usually one food scare or another in the media to keep us on our toes and, after the furore over horse meat found in some products had died down, the latest to hit the front pages is the risk of Hepatitis E in pork. This story broke last week in the papers but […]

What is HPP?

There’s really nothing nicer than fresh produce to get the maximum enjoyment of flavour and texture but, for most of us, cooking and eating fresh produce every day isn’t always possible.  Many of our eating habits are dictated by time constraints imposed by our busy lifestyles, leaving little opportunity for daily visits to the supermarket […]

What is Acrylamide?

We’ve all done it. We’ve popped the bread in the toaster and gone away and forgotten about it. The next thing we know, the smoke alarm’s going off and our toast resembles a lump of charcoal. Some of us will consign it to the dustbin, but others adhere to the old adage, waste not want […]

Should Celebrity Cook Books Contain Food Safety Advice?

If you take a quick scan of your bookshelf, the chances are you’ll have at least one celebrity cookbook amongst your collection.  Some great recipes no doubt but what is missing?  A recent study carried out by the North Carolina State University, published in the British Food Journal, finds that cookbooks are lacking adequate advice […]

Qualsafe Training Courses

Qualsafe Training Courses   CaterSafe Consultants are an approved Training Centre by Qualsafe Awards, and we offer a range of Qualsafe qualifications in food safety and other subject areas. Qualsafe Awards is a relatively new but fast growing Awarding Body, which has gained a lot of respect and credibility.  Qualsafe are an Ofqual recognised Awarding […]

RSPH Training Courses

RSPH Training Courses   CaterSafe Consultants are an approved Centre by The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), and as such we offer a range of RSPH qualifications in food safety and other subject areas. The RSPH is an independent registered charity and a well-established awarding body dedicated to the improvement of public health and […]

CIEH Training Courses

CIEH Training Courses   CaterSafe Consultants are an approved Centre by The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and we offer a range of CIEH qualifications in food safety and other subject areas. The CIEH is a registered charity and a well-established awarding body; serving as the professional voice and champion for environmental health. The […]

HABC Training Courses

HABC Training Courses   CaterSafe Consultants are fully approved by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) and offer a range of Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) accredited HABC compliance qualifications, which have proved very popular with our trainers and learners alike. HABC are an nationally and internationally respected Awarding Body and are […]

The Training of Food Handlers

The Training of Food Handlers By law, those responsible for running a food business must ensure that food handlers receive food safety training which is ‘commensurate’ to their level of responsibility. In other words, the level of training that each food handler receives should be appropriate for their individual job role and work activities. This […]

Keeping Food Pests out of your Food Business!

A few weeks ago, ASDA were fined £300,000 for food safety breaches, but specifically for the abysmal lack of pest control, after dead mice and flies were discovered in the aisles of one of their home delivery depots which distributes food to online shoppers across London and Essex. All food businesses are susceptible to pest […]

FoodCheck Complete Food Safety Control

FoodCheck Complete Food Safety Control           FoodCheck from Kelsius is a revolutionary web based paperless system that provides complete visibility of food safety compliance across your entire operation. It improves the quality of food by putting you in control of food safety with automated processes that drive impressive cost savings and […]

Practical Tips for Freezing Foods

How To Freeze Food Last Thursday, 21st January, I was invited by BBC Radio Kent to be the guest on Julia George’s morning phone-in programme to discuss and answer questions on the topic “What’s in your freezer?”  I thought it would be helpful to follow up the programme with a short article dealing with the […]

Health, Safety and Hygiene within a Food Business

CaterSafe Consultants Level 2 Award in Health, Safety and Hygiene within a Food Business A food a premises is a great place to work, but it is also acknowledged to be a potentially hazardous place to work! This qualification takes the key aspects of Health and Safety and Food Safety and applies them within the […]

What is E. Coli O157?

E. Coli O157 – What Is It & Why Do You Need To Be Aware Of It?   Escherichia coli, or E. coli for short, is a type of bacteria that lives in the intestines and is a normal part of the intestinal flora of humans and of animals. There are various strains of E. […]

The importance of effective handwashing

Washing Your Hands Effectively It is absolutely imperative that food handlers wash their hand frequently throughout the working day. This is one of the most simple, yet absolutely essential principles of food safety. There can potentially be millions of bacteria on your hands at any one time! Bacteria are measured in micrometres (µm). There are […]

10 tips for an Effective Food Safety Audit

How To Do An Effective Food Safety Audit There are many benefits of carrying out regular audits, which include; honest self-assessment, giving feedback to management and identifying whether the systems, processes and procedures in place are working and meet the required objectives.  Audits should be proactive rather than reactive, and can identify potential future problems […]