The list of failings by Hua Long Weng is absolutely unforgivable. That anyone taking money from customers in exchange for food to eat, could fail in the very basics of food safety for so long, and escape prosecution for four years, is just not good enough. Read the full story below…
Chinese takeaway owner fined £4,500 after ignoring warnings to clean “revolting” kitchen | Leicester Mercury.
The current system of the ‘scores on the doors’ is not robust enough and this article demonstrates why. There is no formal audit system that the environmental health officers follow. It’s a post code lottery situation. Depending where your business is based, will depend on how often they inspect and how long they are with you.
For all the years that I was in charge of a clients’ catering facilities, and I mean responsible for everything; my company’s inspections were far harsher than the EHO’s. This, of course, was a good thing, because we knew that everything had to be as it should be, everyday. Staff were recruited and trained in food safety to comply and work in a particular way. More importantly, everyone knew what the standards were, so that if it was a messy day, it didn’t feel right and got sorted out quickly.
Perhaps the cuts in council spending has affected the frequency of inspections. I know that in order to achieve the old ‘Food Safety Award’, you had four extra inspections per year, on top of the annual one and all were unannounced.
A company’s reputation is precious and must be protected by compliance and always behaving responsibly. Once the trust is gone, (bad news spreads fast these days), it is almost impossible to win trust back from your customers. The financial loss can lead to the business having to close.[quote]If you think you can’t afford the training, you can’t afford the fines.[/quote]
If you’re not sure whether you are complying with the food safety or your Food Safety Management System is non-existent, I can train you and your staff. It’s a cost effective solution to avoiding hefty fines.
Contact me now to discuss and arrange your training needs.
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