e-GR Winter 2017

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Winter

10th Edition - December 2017

Frost on the window, logs on the fire, smoke from the chimney rising higher and higher.

The potatoes are roasting, the sherry is pouring, Grandad’s fast asleep on the sofa, snoring.

Winter’s arrived, Jack Frost is out playing, your latest e-Gut reaction is ready for reading. 

Welcome to the 10th edition of E-GR. In this winter edition, we look at the new guidance on runny eggs, we cover the 'Four Ps' which are sure to save you and your customers a headache this festive season, we bust health and safety myths and for a final end-of-year treat we have a great leftover recipe which is perfect for your own Christmas snacks.


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P-WARE OF FAKES

Counterfeit alcohol can be made from the same chemicals that are used in antifreeze, screen wash and nail polish remover, and can leave drinkers blind, in a coma or dead.

If you are purchasing alcohol, ensure that you apply the rule of the 4 Ps before buying.

  • Place – Make sure you buy from a reputable supplier and paperwork is provided. Food businesses are legally required to be able to identify where they have purchased food from.
  • Price – If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. 
  • Packaging – Look out for poor quality labelling with spelling mistakes, wonky labels, missing duty stamps, caps that are not sealed properly.
  • Product –Look carefully at the product. If it has a name you have never heard of before, or  look out for unusual names you have never seen before and vodka, the most commonly found fake alcohol, shouldn’t have particles or sediment in it.

If you spot or are offered fake alcohol this Christmas please contact Poole Trading Standards on 01202 261700 to report it.


Egg

Lion mark Eggs meet safety eggs-pectations

The Food Standards Agency has issued new advice on egg safety after a report recognised a major reduction in the risk of Salmonella in British Lion eggs. The reduction is attributed to the vaccination of hens and improved welfare and hygiene conditions on farms.
 
It is now safe for infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people to eat raw or lightly cooked eggs which are produced under the British Lion Code of Practice. These eggs have a British Lion mark and best before date stamped on them.
 
There are exemptions to this advice: it is only for eggs produced under the British Lion Code of Practice and does not apply to severely immunocompromised people. If you are using UK non-Lion eggs or eggs from outside the UK in your food business, they must always be thoroughly cooked for vulnerable groups.
 
It is good practice to:

  • Store eggs safely in a cool dry place such as the fridge
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling eggs
  • Avoid cross contamination
  • Clean work surfaces, dishes and utensils used for  handling eggs
  • Observe ‘best before’ dates

Myth

The twelve myths of Christmas 

Health and safety is an important part of any work place. Applied sensibly, health and safety can make your workplace a safer place for you, your staff and your customers.

To help combat the myths, which often circulate in the media, about health and safety law, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have set up Myth Busters which includes a special Christmas feature aimed at busting fanciful health and safety myths. 

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Christmas is always a busy time for food businesses. 

Being busy is great; however, it can create its own problems. Preparing food for large numbers of people can put pressure on vital food safety practices which can get overlooked.  To avoid a potential food poisoning outbreak at your business remember to plan ahead and stick to your food safety management systems by making sure you: 

  • Temperature probe hot hold foods to ensure that they are held at 63oC or above. 
  • Use date labels for food prepared in advance.
  • Reheat foods no more than once.
  • Keep raw foods separate from ready to eat foods.
  • Ensuring meats, especially white and minced meats such as turkey and sausages are thoroughly cooked. 
  • You leave enough time to defrost food safely before cooking especially large turkeys.

For further advice please visit www.food.gov.uk or contact the Borough of Poole Food Safety team on 01202 261700.
 
Also visit Good for Business to see how displaying your Food Hygiene Rating is good for your business.