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.
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.
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 also launched the Alimenti YouTube channel. Please subscribe and help me to get to my first 100 subscribers.
I really enjoyed attending FoodEx at the NEC. I also went to the National WiRE conference for Women in Rural Enterprise.
I have updated my article on Mistakes made when selling to retailers here.
I have also written an article about what questions to consider if you want to work with a food safety consultant, here.
I attended the Food & Drink Conference hosted by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.
The Sun quoted me in an article about reducing food waste. Read it here.
With the recent announcement of a review of meat cutting plants by the FSA, I wrote about the importance of visiting suppliers last year in a LinkedIn article. This was called “When did you last visit your food suppliers?”
I have updated the HACCP -Chemical hazards page.
There is a blog about food export here.
January has seen the launch of a checklist for start up food and drink businesses. Sign up here to receive it and regular food safety tips.
I have written a blog about a recent recall for incorrect and missing allergen information. Advice Apprentice, Allergens can be found by clicking through the link.
I have also written about when should you throw food away.
Following the reports of Russell Hume recalling products after an unannounced inspection by the Food Standards Agency, I have written a blog about the importance of precise paperwork.
I have also published the awards and articles that I have appeared in the press on a separate page.
I won a business award in the category for Best Use of Social Media by a New Business in the #WorcestershireHour Social Media Awards. This means such a lot to me. Thank you to everyone who voted for @Alimenti_fs.
The Twitter account for Alimenti (alimenti_fs) was nominated for a social media award in Worcestershire Social Media Awards. I am nominated for the Best Use of Social Media by a New Business Award. Alimenti is also sponsoring Best Use of #WorcestershireHour by a Public Body. Please vote for us.
There was an article in Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce publication about the launch of #UKFoodHour which is a Twitter virtual networking hour set up to celebrate the Great food that is produced in the UK.
I will also be going to Food Matters Live in ExCel London at the end of the month, and attending Your Year in PR 2017 with Janet Murray from Soulful PR.
I have written a blog on the 2 Sisters poultry site investigation by The Guardian and ITV News here
During September, we also exhibited at Worcester Festival of Business. It was great to meet new people and catch up with the business people of Worcester. We also launched a Twitter networking hour- UK Food Hour.
I have also written about developing an environmental sampling plan for microbiology here.
EU Food Safety Almanac
The latest edition of the EU Food Safety Almanac is available here
This month, we have taken a look at how a restaurant, gym or hotel can check cleaning practices in an effective way that makes it measurable and manageable. The article is here.
There is also an article about Allergens for caterers here.
Food allergens are becoming an increasingly reported issue with a recent report from FSA highlighting that the most common foods that people reported having an adverse reaction to. These were cows’ milk and cows’ milk products (22%), cereals containing gluten (13%) and molluscs e.g. mussels, oysters (11%).
A prosecution brought in 2016 against Mohammed Zaman, the owner of several restaurants resulted in a sentence of 6 years after a man died from anaphylactic shock. The consumer had a nut allergy and had purchased a nut free curry. The owner had substituted an almond powder for a cheaper substitute.
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers brings together rules on general food labelling and nutrition labelling into one piece of legislation.
We have added a new page taking a brief look at food fraud through the ages. It is here.
This month, there have been reports of fraud in the Brazilian beef industry, with allegations of bribery at 4 meat packing plants.