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There will also be a series of articles and posts on the website which I will be reviewing regularly. The blog archive is here.  If you would like to connect with me on LinkedIn, my profile is here. Let’s start a conversation.  

July 2020

The UK is starting to come out of lockdown and businesses are reopening.  The rationale behind some of the decisions made do not always appear logical, but the Government are relying on people to be sensible. The wearing of masks in shops becomes mandatory on 24th July. These will reduce the infection from a COVID 19 sufferer to a non infected person, and the rate of infection decreases again if both wear masks. The research is showing that the virus remains active in the air for longer than previously thought. This is still a new virus to humans, so we learn all the time about how it behaves.

May 2020

  May saw the launch of the Coronavirus resource hub, the hub is intended to act as a central repository for the information that is published by Alimenti and other reputable sources, such as the UK Government.  

  March 2020

   March is indeed marching forward. I am writing this as the UK Government has told the country to stay at home unless you are travelling for one of 4 reasons. Work which you cannot do at home, essential shopping such as food and medicines,  to exercise once per day or to attend to medical needs or as a carer. I have written a blog about how long the virus stays active in the environment, here.  

  January 2020

We have a new Government in the UK and Brexit is due at the end of the month. We are awaiting the technical guidance on the Pre Packed Food for Direct Sale definition from UK Food Standards Agency, at the time of writing this blog. The UK legislation will come into force in October 2021, so watch this space for more information.

 

 

 

Customer Food safety requirements

Customer Food safety requirements

Looking to grow your food business and not sure what to do? This article is about the importance of customer food safety requirements when growing your business this way.Do you want to start working with the major retailers or food service providers? Do you have the...

Food specification

Food specification

What to include in a food and drink specification? If you have never written a specification , it is a daunting question. Essentially, you are aiming to record the paramethers that are representative of your product. For example, are you producing a cake which has...

Pest control in food premises

Pest control in food premises

Do you have pest control in your food premises? How do you manage the four things that pests need to thrive? These are shelter, food, water and time to grow and multiply. Pests can carry a number of disease-causing organisms. These include bacteria, viruses and...

Has food microbiology changed?

Has food microbiology changed?

Yes, food microbiology has changed. For information about food microbiology hazards click here. Micro organisms Over the last 20 years, the types of micro-organism that are significant has been added to (for example) –  Listeria, Shiga toxin producing E.coli - under...

Reopening, restarting, repurposing your business

Reopening, restarting, repurposing your business

Reopening, Restarting, Repurposing Before you think about reopening your business. There are a number of considerations to be made. At the time of writing, (May 2020) there is no evidence that COVID 19 is transmitted by food. The virus cannot move by itself. It has to...

Return to work

Return to work

Do you do return to work interviews with your teams?  Do you have a system for managing visitors' health? Have you got processes in place for Covid-19? If any of the answers to these are no, read on! Practices pre COVID 19 Before the COVID 19 pandemic hit, it was...

What is the best way to dry your hands?

What is the best way to dry your hands?

There is  a lot talked about hand washing, but what about drying your hands? What is the best way to dry your hands, and is it important?  Since the 19th century, it has been documented that hand hygiene is an essential tool in the toolkit for reducing infection....

Should I change my cleaning procedures in the Co-vid 19 crisis?

Should I change my cleaning procedures in the Co-vid 19 crisis?

A question posed on a recent webinar was "Should I change my cleaning procedures in the current COVID-19 crisis?". I thought that I would check out the current views in the UK and summarise them.The advice from the UK Government is to wash your hands thoroughly with...

How long does Covid 19 stay active on different surfaces?

How long does Covid 19 stay active on different surfaces?

How long does Covid-19 stay active on different surfaces? The Journal of Medicine New England published a paper on this recently.  According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, touching a surface or object with the virus on it and then touching one's...

Washing your hands correctly.

Washing your hands correctly.

There has been a lot of media coverage about washing your hands correctly as a method of protecting yourself and your family and friends from contracting coronavirus CoVid-19. It is a worrying time. Particularly when events are being cancelled, which may lead to...

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