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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A harmless snake inspires food safety thought:

Food Safety inspectors and auditors are expected to check the up-keep of the exterior surroundings when they visit a food establishment. To the general public, the sighting of a harmless snake in a bush patch near the entry to a remote (cottage country) restaurant may be part of the attraction or distraction but, according to what you hear one of the owners or workers say in this video, slithering snakes are apparently not good restaurant entryway decorations. To the inspector or auditor, the snake sighting, among other things, confirms why the immediate surroundings of food establishments need to be kept free of bushes. Harmless snakes may be cute but snakes are not the only things that may find harbourage in nearby bushes. Some other bush-loving and food-loving pests are of justifiable concern to food establishment owners, customers, food safety inspectors and auditors. The sighting at this restaurant certainly raises at least one question: Can and do all restaurants enjoy the same level and frequency of regulatory or health department inspections even when they are as remotely located as this restaurant? The location of the restaurant has been deliberately left undisclosed.
Posted By Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is the current Food Sector Chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection

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