UK Hospitality - Updates to Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice Consultation

UK Hospitality have launched a consultation to obtain information and views relating to the updated version of the Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice.

The guide has been developed by the food industry and is recognised by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland in accordance with Article 8 of Retained Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004. 

The guide deals only with requirements of Retained Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 and the relevant parts of associated UK Food Hygiene Regulations

Opportunity to participate: Research into food safety inspections

Jason Barnes is a research student with the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University, Australia. Jason and his team are undertaking some research on food safety inspections and how they are performed. The aim is to develop a better understanding of how inspectors approach food safety inspections and how inspections can be best positioned to prevent foodborne illness. An important part of this research will be hearing the perspectives of Environmental Health professionals and the team aims to do this in three phases, the first of which involves an online survey.

IFEH Environment and Health International Magazine April 2022

The International Federation of Environmental Health - Environment and Health International Magazine is now available and can be viewed here.

Clean Air Day 2022

Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution is on Thursday 16 June 2022. Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to our health, no matter who you are or where you live. It can harm every organ in your body and can shorten our lives, contribute towards chronic illness and put us more at risk from COVID-19. This Clean Air Day there are simple steps we can all take to cut down on the pollution we cause and use our voices to fight for a cleaner air future. This year the campaign is focusing on walking, which has positive benefits for individual's health and the planet.

Kinder products linked to salmonella outbreak still found on Scottish retail shelves

Investigations by Local Authority Environmental Health teams found a substantial number of businesses with recalled product still available for sale.

In response to this, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) issued a warning the public to continue to be on the lookout for certain Kinder products and advised that the products should not be purchased or eaten.

The products, which were recalled by Ferrero in early April, have been linked to an ongoing salmonella outbreak. A number of these cases have been young children.

Avian influenza housing measures lifted

The mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds, which were introduced across the United Kingdom to help stop the spread of bird flu, were lifted on Monday 2 May 2022, the Chief Veterinary Officers have confirmed today.

Forteath Room

The board room at 19 Torphichen Street has formally been named the ‘Forteath Room’ in recognition of Bernard Forteath’ s outstanding and distinguished service to the Institute and the Environmental Health profession.

Monkeypox: cases confirmed in 12 countries

More than 80 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in at least 12 countries.

The World Health Organization has said another 50 suspected cases are being investigated and warned that more cases are likely to be reported. Infections have been confirmed in nine European countries, as well as the US, Canada and Australia. So far, public health agencies in Europe have confirmed cases in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden.

Outbreak of E.coli O157 in Hawick

NHS Borders Health Protection team is currently managing a probable outbreak of E.coli O157.

The outbreak appears to be affecting children at Cherrytrees nursery in Hawick and as a result of this Cherrytrees nursery has had to temporarily close. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the source of infection is the nursery.

None of the affected people who have been reviewed medically are causing any clinical concern.

Scottish Government publishes review on the role of incineration in Scotland

An independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy in Scotland, which recommends a cap on future incineration capacity, has been published by the Scottish Government

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