Author: Alison Thorne

  • What is glycerol and is it safe to consume?

    What is glycerol? Glycerol is an ingredient that is added to some food and drink, to keep products moist, preserve them, to change their texture or to sweeten them. Glycerin (or glycerine) is a very closely related ingredient. It is also widely used in pharmaceuticals – for instance in cough syrups and topical treatments such…

  • Use-by dates and Best Before dates

    What is the difference between a Use-by date and a Best Before date? In simple terms, a use by date tells you whether a food should be safe to eat, while a best before date tells you about a food’s quality. Use by dates appear on foods that are most likely to perish quickly, and cause…

  • The Safer Food Group’s Guide to Early Years Catering

    Why is food hygiene and safety important for Early Years practitioners? It is important to serve safe, hygienic food to everyone – but in early years settings, it is especially important to ensure little bodies are protected and nourished, and immune and digestive systems can develop safely. Having an awareness of food borne illness and…

  • Calorie menu labelling – our free guide

    What does your food business need to do to meet April 2022 calorie labelling regulations? The government has announced that calories will be labelled on menus and food labels in certain ‘out-of-home food businesses’ from April 2022. Out of home refers to business that prepare food for immediate consumption by its customers, such as cafes,…

  • Are coloured chopping boards a thing of the past?

    Red for meat, white for bread, green for vegetables…. or is it yellow? Or is that for cooked meat? Coloured chopping boards can be a great way of reducing cross contamination but they depend on everyone remembering the system and sticking to it. The principle behind coloured chopping boards is that foods that run the…

  • Keeping your customers safe + Covid-19 Signage

    Feedback from customers to shops open during the pandemic has proved that they appreciate businesses that take customer safety seriously. Thinking about the journey your visitors take, and how to make that journey as smooth and efficient as possible will help them feel valued and that can only be a good thing, for your customers,…