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Guardian Hub was launched to support food and drink business owners to get their businesses inspection ready. For more information click here.
I was quoted in the Express! Here is the link to the article.
I received my COVID 19 vaccination amid a storm of arguments between the EU and British Governments over the supply of vaccines to the UK from European manufacturing sites.
I am due to be vaccinated for the second time, as well as receive lateral flow test kits for when I have site visits.
My diary is filling up with client calls and site visits. Since I received my BRCGS lead auditor qualification and RPFAM accreditation from IFST, I have had lots of interest from potential clients.
In my personal life, my eldest daughter is getting married in August and we are excited that the restrictions may be lifted enough to allow the day to go ahead. I have been busy sourcing stationery for her, using Canva to design the “save the date!” magnets, which I ordered from Sticker Mule. I have used Sticker Mule to create coasters and keyrings for promotional materials several times and always been very happy with the products. We have also been deciding on my outfit (including a hat). I will share pictures of the big day on social media, but needless to say, we are very excited!
The UK is in various types of restrictions, with some nations banning all forms of gathering at various times. We look forward to Christmas, whatever form that will bring and news of a vaccine against COVID- 19 is coming through with the anticipated roll out starting in December 2020. Don’t forget about the information in the coronavirus hub on this site. The link is here.
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 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 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.
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.
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 Before you think about reopening your business. There are a number of considerations to be made. At the time of writing, (May 2020, reviewed in Feb 2021) there is no evidence that COVID 19 is transmitted by food. The...
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...
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....
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? 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...
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...
Cross contamination of allergens in your HACCP study. Is the cross contamination of allergens considered in your HACCP study? Traditionally, control of cross contamination has focussed on cross contamination from raw food to cooked or ready to eat food. The major...
Have you heard the term HACCP prerequisites? The use of prerequisites or PRPs (Pre Requisite Programmes) in HACCP terminology became more popular when the last version of the Codex Alimentarius by WHO was published in 2011. So what are they? Cornell University defines...
HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) starts with the hazards. These are generally divided into microbiological. chemical, physical and allergens. If you want to know more about the HACCP Hazards, sign up for my eBook here. Now you have a list of potential...