Welcome to the blog and website updates from Louise at Alimenti Food Sciences. I hope that you enjoy reading my updates. There will also be a series of articles in the website which I will be reviewing regularly. If you would like to connect with me on LinkedIn, my profile is here.
At this time of the year, the planning for celebrations at Christmas and New Year are well underway.
Being ill or having unexpected disruptions to your business are the last thing that you need and I have a couple of articles that you may find useful to read before the festivities get underway.
One is about avoiding food poisoning and has been written by the Food Standards Agency in the UK. Remember the 4 C’s of food hygiene: Chilling, Cleaning, Cooking and avoiding Cross-contamination.
The second is about planning for business continuity, click here to find out more.
You still have time to book onto my new course “Reduce the Risk and Grow your Business” Click here out find out more
This month, I have been updating my knowledge about food safety culture and testing for undeclared offal in meat products.
There has also been news about the conviction and imprisonment of two people associated with a takeaway that sold a meal to an allergen sufferer who had told them about her allergies and later died.
The most media activity has been around Pret a Manger and the current laws around declaring allergies. The current regulations do not require full labelling when producing and selling food at the same premises. Pret have followed the law, and signposted consumers to information held by the staff. The coroner was unhappy with a large multi site business not fully labelling their products. The story has been covered by multiple news agencies.
Just Eat are also in the media for listing businesses with poor food hygiene ratings. In my experience, they also list businesses with no food hygiene rating. I have reported any that I have found to the local regulatory services.
I am delivering a course this month for vineyard owners on delivering food offers whilst reducing the risk to their reputation and business. I am also speaking at an Enterprise Nation event in Canary Wharf on how to negotiate the jargon jungle of approval when pitching to blue chip clients.
I will be taking a break and going away for a trip to Bilbao.
Alimenti has been in the local Chamber of Commerce news click here to read the article. I am starting my monthly group calls which will cover food safety and business topics for my new members in September. The Topics include “Top 10 tips to negotiate the jargon jungle of approval” and ” HACCP for business owners”. The full programme for the coming year will be available shortly.
I am also developing Client portals where all the documentation that I have created for my Clients will be available to download from one place. It is a secure area, unique to my individual Clients. No more searching through emails to find the relevant one.
I am writing more blogs about keeping your customers, food , drink and business safe. I have revamped the website and added new packages to support business owners. Check out the Work with Me tab.
I will also be investing in my development with two conferences in London. I will also be in the photography studio creating some mock ups of food complaints. Watch out on social media as I release the photos.
This month I have been featured in the IFST “People who strive to keep our food safe, and are passionate about what they do and how they do it”. The link is here . I will also be joining the Processions event in London on 10th June to celebrate 100 years of women being able to vote in the UK.
There are new products being developed in the Alimenti Kitchen. Sign up to receive news and offers on new services and products and also regular food safety tips to your in box here. I have updated and collated the policies and documentation here, and written a blog about what the change to data regulation reminded me about.Read it here. I have also launched the Alimenti YouTube channel. Please subscribe and help me to get to my first 100 subscribers.
Business Continuity Plans (BCP) This blog is a little different, I have taken an article about business continuity plans (BCP) and added it into my blog. If you want to see more videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. BCPs are critical to succeeding any...
Salmonella has been found to be the source of a number of food poisoning cases over the last year. More recently since June 2018, 165 cases have been reported. Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at the Food Standards Agency said: 'We are advising care when...
Food Safety Consultants and Conferences When do you find time to keep your skills and knowledge up to date? I believe that you are always learning. As food safety consultants, it is important to invest the time and energy to update our knowledge and skills. With this...
Supplier Approval Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes Supplier approval for blue chip companies can be daunting for any food and drink business. Here are some tips to help you avoid the most common mistakes. These are taken from a presentation that I gave at The Food...
How confident are you if asked to speak to groups of people?
I used to cringe when I was asked to speak to groups of people. Now, I have delivered countless webinars, talks and training and I am comfortable in front of people.
Travelling abroad is a great way to relax and to explore new places whilst guaranteeing good weather. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, here are some tips to help you enjoy the experience. Personally I love travelling and experiencing new cultures and food....
I received a massive compliment recently when I finished a meeting with a new client. The business owner had been struggling with the food safety paperwork for the business. They wanted to grow the business, but the requirements for accreditation were proving too...
How do you invest in yourself? I will be attending Media Influence Live on 4th & 5th July 2018. It is an expensive time and financial investment in me, rather than my business. I have paid for train tickets, overnight accommodation in London and the event ticket...
As a food or drink producer, you have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that your products are safe. One of the ways to do this is to ensure that the information that you give to your customer is accurate. Getting this wrong could mean that your labelling is...
As the company involved in the most recent widely publicised meat incident (Russell Hume) have discovered, having robust paperwork in place is essential for all food businesses. We currently do not know what the Food Standards Agency considered to be an issue at the...