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Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Sampling of Food Safety & Food Poisoning Stories

(GI) illness cases In Cruise Ships

Indifference can be Fatal -

More Stories Published Elsewhere (not in chronological order)

Deadly Milk Tea

By Rebekah Carter
March 26, 2015 | Posted in Food PoisoningNews

PRESS RELEASEIce Cream RecallsMarch 13, 2015 — Brenham, TX. "Three deaths have been reported."

Posted February 12, 2015: 7 deaths in a Multistate Outbreak of ListeriosisLinked to Commercially Produced, Prepackaged Caramel Apples  -

The cantaloupe Death Trail
Mother and daughter, 14,  . . . died of possible food poisoning in Bali 

Food Safety Conference Hit by ... Food Poisoning

Canadian Sisters Found Dead in Thai Hotel Room

"Mum dies after eating Christmas dinner at pub 'which had not been properly cooked'"
"In sickness and in health: Wedding ruined by mass food poisoning"
and Other Stories in the Mirror (UK):

Friday, 17 October 2014

One Good Turn

Spreading the SSQA Dawn and Favour to ALL:

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You may take advantage of this offer and receive your free PDF copy of the current SSQA Implementation Manual if you are willing to work with AFISS on the development and implementation of SSQA concepts in your operation. If you are interested, go to “AFISS Offer Details”:

One Year Free Online Access Offer:
If you are a food safety and/or quality manager in a company that has turned a new leaf, the SSQA Development Team is offering to grant you free access to the online SSQA Implementation Manual for one year. Evidence of what your company is currently doing with internal audits, external party audits and regulatory inspections is required. You will receive the free access only if the SSQA Development Team determines that your approach to internal/external audits and regulatory inspections aligns with the principles of the GCSE-Food and Health Protection SSQA concept. This offer is currently open but a time limitation may be applied depending on the number of requests. If interested, you may contact the SSQA Development Team for details.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Safest Times to Eat Out

I had a brief interview with William, a chef with very good knowledge of restaurant food safety measures who has worked at restaurants that are affiliated with high-end hotels. I am using only his first name to protect his identity. You probably can already guess what he said about the extent to which he and his fellow kitchen staff were committed to ensuring that food is safe for patrons. "At the off hours," he said, meaning outside of the breakfast, lunch and dinner rush hours, "it is possible to follow food safety rules". "However," he added, "the rules go out the window when the rush is on." Incidentally, these are the times when a majority of people are served at restaurants with the increased chances of getting more people ill at once.

He did not say this but I suspect he saw no reason for anyone to worry. After all, a few rules ignored until it is more convenient to obey them will not hurt any of the hungry patrons during the rush hours, right?

Posted by Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate.