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By John Haswell, Client Services Director


Working for Food Alert for over four years, where our focus is on mitigating risk and disaster, not even we could plan for the overnight impact of a global pandemic that lead to the immediate closure of all our clients’ businesses.

The shockwaves hit us all hard, not just those of us working in hospitality, but the country as whole. Phrases such as lockdown, furlough and unprecedented times became the norm.

Davy’s has been selling fine and specially selected wines to bars and wholesalers across London for more than 150 years. 

A fifth generation family business, maintaining the highest standards is core to its ongoing success. With 25 characterful wine bars, two wine shops and a wine merchants, Food Hygiene and Health & Safety are priorities.  So, working with trusted partners to deliver Davy’s exacting standards and passion for quality is critical.

Julia Wilson, technical director of food hygiene consultant Food Alert, outlines key steps to keep your pub compliant with health and safety regulations during the ongoing pandemic.

As the Covid-19 lockdown continues and our city, town and village pubs remain closed for 'traditional business', it's worth considering the safety steps you can take to make sure your venue will be ready to go when the Government gives the green light for trade to resume as normal.

How can I ensure the mental health and wellbeing of my employees?

  • It can be difficult for employees to adapt to a new work style if they’re used to a high level of interaction with their teams every day.
  • Working from home can take its toll on employees' mental health and wellbeing as this drastic change can cause a feeling of isolation.
  • Changing from a public work environment to the confined space of your own home can affect everyone.

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a number of businesses moving to a takeaway model.

This article provides guidance on key food and health & safety requirements for the provision of a takeaway service.


Food Safety

Food Preparation

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


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. 


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