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 left in...

Save money, save the environment!

Good stock control = Less wastage = Good GP = Good Business and good for the environment. Good stock management is a vital ingredient to running a successful business. At the start of your working day, check your fridges & storage to establish which foods are...

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 – Compliance...

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...

Wooden Serving Boards

Wooden Serving Boards Hot in the news is the £50,000 fine for a restaurant using damaged wooden boards to serve their dishes on.  Using wooden boards in place of plates has become quite a trend, but there are some rules you need to follow to keep your customers and...

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 last six months records in...

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 New Year! Food fact Did you know...

The 5 Christmas Turkey Rules

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

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:    ...