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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the increase in hospitality businesses moving to a take away model, this document provides guidance on key food and health & safety requirements for the provision of a takeaway service.

 

Food Safety

Food Preparation

Covid 19 Precautions and advice

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Most cases of this new virus are mild, but typical symptoms include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. This may be more serious for those with pre-existing respiratory conditions and the elderly.

Leading food safety and health & safety consultancy, Food Alert, has appointed Julia Wilson as Technical Director.

Julia is a vastly experienced Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner having worked in local government, the private sector and for Public Health England and will drive the technical service provision within Food Alert. 

By Justin Sabastian Strange – Food Alert’s Principal Consultant

The saying ‘if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ has never rung truer than when the EHO inspector comes calling, but here are some bona fide insights into how they think and operate.

Food Alert has further strengthened its specialist team with two Senior Consultant appointments.

Becky Whittington joins from Greggs plc where she was Technical Support Manager on food safety for their 400+ retail outlets nationwide. In addition, Nick Chapman joins from Surefoot Solutions, where he managed a portfolio of casual dining restaurants, bars and hotels. 

By Food Alert’s Technical Services MD, Peter Christopher-Ohrt

Any reputable hospitality business has watertight processes in place, whereby employees are fully trained and understand what is expected of them, but what about temporary staff who are only with you for a short period during your busiest trading times – like Valentine’s and Mother’s Day? In our experience having a clear contingency plan in place is key, so start 2020 as you mean to go on.

By Food Alert’s Operations Director, Mike Williams

Making a new business compliant has never been more important, so apart from finding the right location and hiring the best team, there is registering your new venture with the Environmental Health Department to consider and what to do after recruiting your first employee?

However, it doesn’t have to be daunting. Here is some guidance on all aspects related to Food Safety and Health & Safety legislation – so you’re compliant from the start.

Food Alert is unveiling the only fully integrated digital food safety and health & safety solution, that is available online and in an app format, at this year’s Restaurant & Bar Tech Live Show at Excel, London on 19 and 20 November.

ALERT65 replaces Food Alert’s existing solution FACT that was first launched in 2009. The new platform has been upgraded to provide a fully customisable, ‘plug and play’ safety compliance programme that allows operators to effectively and efficiently manage safety procedures and reduce risk exposure.

Complaints of food poisoning, allergic reactions and foreign bodies found in food increase by more than half during the festive season according to food safety specialists, Food Alert, who investigate and manage allegations on behalf of their clients.

Their records indicate that the number of food complaints received during December last year showed a 55 per cent increase compared to those handled during an average month. Incidents of alleged food poisoning were the most common complaint (79%), followed by reports of foreign bodies (13%) and allergic reactions (8%). 

Michelin 2020

Four of Food Alert’s customers have been awarded a coveted Michelin star for the first time and will appear in the 202Four of Food Alert’s customers have been awarded a coveted Michelin star for the first time and will appear in the 2020 edition of the red book.

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