Glasgow City Council Health and Safety Prosecution

by Calum Melrose, Environmental Health Officer, Glasgow City Council.

Alfa Wholesale Limited at 111 Lancefield Street, Glasgow G3 8HZ who operate as a wholesaler of food and groceries to the catering and retailing sector were successfully prosecuted on 26th November 2020 after an employee fell more than 5 metres through a plasterboard ceiling.

Revised approach to shelf-life safety guidance for chilled fresh beef, lamb and pork following UK-wide consultation

Shelf-life guidance for vacuum and modified atmosphere packed (VP/MAP) chilled fresh beef, lamb and pork with respect to non-proteolytic Clostridium botulinum has been updated across the UK.

EU Exit- end of transition period

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 which means we will also leave the Single Market and Customs Union. 

From 1 January 2021 a number of requirements will be different from an environmental health perspective mainly food safety.

Below is some information and helpful additional sources of information to help prepare for the end of the EU transition period. 

Transition of EU legislation into UK/Scottish law from 1 January 2021

Use by or best before? New tool to support food businesses

European Food Safety Authority has developed a tool to help food business operators decide when to apply the ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date to their products.

The use by date on food is about safety – foods can be eaten until this date but not after. The best before date, sometimes shown as BBE (best before end), is about quality and not safety. The food will be safe to eat after this date but may not be at its best.

COVID- Diary - Holly Pullan

Holly Pullan, Environmental Health Officer, Scottish Borders Council has recently become Chair of HASCOG. She discusses how the pandemic has affected her work life and also her personal life.

1.         Describe you work before the pandemic? 

Guidance produced for safe sound control in hospitality

Since 12 December hospitality venues have been allowed to play low level background music and sound. Guidance has been produced to ensure hospitality premises have in place the necessary arrangements for the safe management of low-level background sound.

COVID-Diary - Brian Auld

Brian Auld, Head of Safe Buildings and Assistant Secretary to the Board for the Church of Scotland General Trustees gives an insight into EHOs working in private practice and non-regulatory roles who continue to drive forward improvements in risk awareness, risk reduction and compliance. 

1.         Describe you work before the pandemic? 

Avian Influenza

The Chief Veterinary Officers for Scotland, England and Wales have introduced new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds.

Food Standards Scotland has updated its COVID-19 Guidance for Food Business Operators and their Employees

Food Standards Scotland have updated its guidance for food business operators (FBOs) and their employees on 7 December. It aims to assist all businesses in the food and drink sector in following government guidance on infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19.

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