Why Kitchen Workwear is Vital to Good Food Hygiene

Two chefs working in appropriate kitchen workwear.

Kitchen workwear is not the most fashionable clothing. We doubt many kitchen workers head out on a Saturday night in their checks and whites. However, it is an important part of food hygiene and the right clothes should be worn if you want to abide by the legal requirements. It isn’t absolutely necessary to wear a…

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Street Food Hygiene: 5 Common Problems for Traders

A man serves hot soup at a street trader stall; he wears a mask whilst serving, so is aware of the need for good street food hygiene.

There are a startling number of street traders in the UK. Every festival, high street, farmer’s market and shopping centre seems to have a stall, van or kiosk selling anything from sandwiches to sushi. It’s a multi-million pound industry which employs people from all cultures. Of course, street traders can fall victim to the same…

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Hidden Bacteria: 5 Kitchen Areas with Unseen Bacterial Growth

Cleaning agents and handwash fight hidden bacteria which we can't always detect.

Areas of food preparation must also be areas of flawless food hygiene practice. Food businesses have a legal requirement to meet the national standards for food safety. Often, staff properly maintain and clean the obvious kitchen surfaces. However, it is often in unexpected areas where hidden bacteria thrive and can create serious and even life-threatening…

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Food Safety Myths: 5 Commonly Mishandled Foods

Washing raw chicken is one of our examples of common food safety myths.

You should scientifically manage your food hygiene in any kitchen or food preparation area. Often, people who take food hygiene training find that they have taken a word-of-mouth or ‘grapevine’ approach to food safety. However, legal requirements for food hygiene are based on evidenced science, so your methods should be too. Here are 5 common…

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Cleaning Kitchen Surfaces – How-to Guide for Proper Hygiene

A worker is cleaning kitchen surfaces.

There is a difference between ‘clean‘ and ‘looking clean‘. ‘Shiny syndrome‘ often affects our judgement when cleaning kitchen surfaces. As a result, appearing spotless does not mean that a work surface is safe for food. In reality, the microscopic nature of bacteria means you cannot often see the danger. 6 Steps to Cleanliness Where to…

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Reheating Food: To Warm or Not to Warm?

This image shows food being reheated.

Most kitchens, domestic and commercial, regularly end the night with leftover food, which is still likely edible. Furthermore, when cooking in bulk, some dishes are just not practical to make fresh to order. Some chefs might even tell you that certain stews and curries taste better after reheating. Reheating food, though, can be a dangerous…

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What Does Best Before Mean? How to Understand Food Dates

This photo shows the different tags for different expiry dates, answwering the question, what does best before mean?

Part of food hygiene doctrine is ensuring that all your produce is fresh and/or safe to eat. However, the food dating system can be difficult to understand. There are 4 main date types. You should base your actions on the date presented and whichever date type assigned to it. So, what does best before mean,…

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Stomach Bug or Food Poisoning? Why are you Unwell?

Stomach bug or food poisoning? This photo demonstrates is of a spoonful of bacteria, asking the question 'Did food bacteria cause your illness?'

So, picture the scene. Yesterday evening, you went out for a curry, had a few beers and got home late. In the morning, you feel nauseous, headachey, and want to stay within two feet of the toilet. In these circumstances, we telll work that we have a stomach bug or food poisoning, crawl back into…

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