Entries by Sam Turner

The Control of Allergens: Your responsibility!

If you were to take a poll of 30 random people on the street, it is likely the percentage of them who have an allergy of some description would be fairly high.  We live in an age where, if we don’t have an allergy ourselves, we know several others who do.  Allergies and intolerances seem […]

Salmonella in Eggs?

Salmonella It’s been nearly 30 years since Edwina Currie, MP and Junior Health Minister made a bold claim that caused a massive slump in the sale of eggs and incurred the wrath of poultry farmers up and down the land. In 1988, ‘Eggwina’, as she has been known, stated that most of the egg production […]

Why is Cooked Rice considered High Risk?

In response to various questions we have had over the years on the subject, we thought it would be worthwhile to dedicate this post to explain in very simple terms, why it is that cooked rice is a high risk product. For most of us, eating a leftover takeaway for breakfast is not generally acceptable […]

Chlorinated Chicken – Is There A Problem?

It was never going to be too long before another food scare hit the headlines and it’s now the turn of the humble chicken or, more specifically, the humble, chlorinated chicken.  With the Brexit process underway, trade deals are being pursued with a number of countries, one of the most sought after being the US.  […]

Edwin Chadwick – a man to whom much is owed!

In Britain today, we enjoy a high standard of living compared to times past.  Our hygiene regulations are strict, meaning cases of food borne illness and diseases are relatively rare, and our sanitation systems are extremely efficient and well controlled.  However, it wasn’t always like this and that is down to a few individuals in […]

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 […]