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Food Safety Lessons Learned in 2018

26 Dec 2018

While you may be tempted to start looking ahead to 2019, now is a good time to reflect on the food safety lessons learned in 2018. This year has been marred with ‘bad news’ stories about food safety. If you don’t want your business or organisation to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, it is worth looking back at the mistakes made.

Deaths from food allergies

Poor food labelling and advice was blamed for a number of deaths from food allergies. Some businesses owners were jailed as a result of their shortcomings and other faced significant fines.

Food labelling

Deaths attributed to poor food labelling are likely to prompt a wide-ranging review. This means you need to ensure you properly label all the ingredients you use. Ensure your staff can answer any questions promptly, accurately and thoroughly. If they are not sure, they should advise a customer there is a risk.

Bad press for low or zero rated foot outlets

The Press have realised the potential in poor food hygiene ratings. In fact, if your business is given a low or zero food hygiene rating, you can expect bad press. Ratings are now being reported in print, online and in social media.

Clampdown on poor hygiene

Takeaways, restaurants and pubs have all found themselves on the wrong side of the law because of poor hygiene practices. Some have closed as a result of heavy fines while other have learned the hard way that cleaning is pivotal to the long-term success of any food business.

Get food safety right in 2019

Make sure your business follows guidelines for storing and labelling food. Invest in robust hygiene solutions that will help you keep a high-risk environment totally clean – easily.

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