Author: Clare

  • What is Acrylamide and do I have to worry about it?

    What to watch out for when working with starchy foods Acrylamide is a chemical that forms during a reaction between sugars and amino acids in starchy food, particularly when that food is cooked at high temperatures. Based on scientific studies, it is believed to be carcinogenic – that means, cancer forming – and therefore we…

  • What are ‘scores on the doors’?

    What are ‘scores on the doors’?

    …and how do I get a 5 star food hygiene rating? Otherwise known as The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (or Food Hygiene Information Scheme in Scotland), scores on the doors are the green stickers you see in the windows and doors of many food establishments throughout the UK. Similar schemes trialled in countries including the…

  • Managing allergies with vegan food

    Out of the 14 allergens, eggs, fish, milk, crustaceans and molluscs are animal-based and you may not therefore expect to find them in vegan foods. However, as it currently stands, food regulations in the UK do not demand food manufacturers to ensure any foods labelled as vegan are completely free from traces of animal proteins.…

  • A gluten-free Christmas: Understanding and Catering for Coeliac Disease

    A gluten-free Christmas: Understanding and Catering for Coeliac Disease

    Following a discussion on This Morning on Tuesday, the topic of catering for individuals with coeliac disease during the festive season has gained significant attention – and not all for the right reasons. Whether you’re cooking for your loved ones at Christmas, or working in a professional setting, catering for those with dietary requirements is…

  • Do I need to register with the ICO?

    Do I need to register with the ICO?

    The ICO, or Information Commissioner’s Office, oversees the safe handling of personal data within companies. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, any organisation that processes personal information must register with the ICO.  While failure to do so is a criminal offence, some organisations may be exempt and may not need to register or ‘notify’ the…

  • Our Customers: Farmhouse Biscuits

    Diversification from agriculture into food production and retail feels like a very modern way for farming businesses to adapt and thrive. However, the McIvor family of Higher Oaklands Farm spotted this opportunity in the 1960s, when Farmhouse Biscuits was born. Growing successfully from tiny roots, Farmhouse Biscuits still operates using the same family values and traditional methods…

  • Our Customers: Jilly’s Cupcake House

    In our third post looking at food safety training from the perspective our customers, we talk to Jilly Shah, of Jilly’s Cupcake House, whose charity cake baking turned into a business more than 5 years ago. Jilly started raising money for the A-T Society in 2015, but as orders flooded in, her hobby became her business. It was…

  • Covid-19 – Working Safely (1)

    Covid-19 – Working Safely (1)

    Since the emergence of the pandemic, we have been bombarded with information from all directions – press conferences, official guidelines and new legislation, media reports, industry advice… the list seems almost endless. The purpose of this series of posts is to present the key information to help you keep yourself, your colleagues and your customers…

  • How do I turn my café into a takeaway?

    How do I turn my café into a takeaway?

    Despite the fiercely difficult trading conditions that most food businesses find themselves in, many have changed the way they work to suit the new conditions; turning a sit down food venue into a takeaway business is a great example of this. The CIEH have produced a comprehensive guide of the factors you must consider when adjusting your…

  • Our Customers: Care South

    Our Customers: Care South

    Care South is a not-for-profit charity and leading provider of quality nursing, residential and dementia care, with 16 care homes as well as Care at Home services, across the south of England. Care South chose The Safer Food Group to help ensure staff were trained to a high standard, requiring a quality accredited course. “We know that our…