There’s lots of popular food places. They might even make great food. Doesn’t mean that they know how to do food safety.
According to Wales Online, a popular chippy (one of my favorite UK terms) received a zero on their hygiene rating. Zero isn’t good. Unless the scale is -1 to zero. But it isn’t in Wales. Environmental health folks rate businesses on a scale from zero-5.
The Fryery, in Rumney , was ranked at number nine on hungryhouse’s list after the online food ordering platform unveiled the list as part of its annual Most Loved Takeaway awards in April.
But an inspection on November 20 handed the shop a zero rating meaning “urgent improvement” is necessary.
Mr Amin, who started working at his family’s takeaway at the age of 11 in 1988, has continued working in and running takeaways ever since – including Victor’s in Newport .
Mr Amin said he was unhappy with the process of food hygiene rating inspections and said he had now paid £150 to appeal the decision.
Here’s the rating, doesn’t say much about the specifics of what was wrong. I wish more jurisdictions, including Wales, posted the entire inspection. The summary leaves a lot to assumptions.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) at a kindergarten in Tseung Kwan O, and hence reminded the public and management of institutions to maintain personal and environmental hygiene against AGE.
The outbreak involves 20 students, comprising 13 boys and seven girls aged 2 to 5, as well as two female staff members, who have developed vomiting, diarrhea and fever since November 4. Among them, seven students and one staff member sought medical attention, while one was discharged upon hospitalisation. All affected persons have been in a stable condition.
Officers of the CHP conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the staff of the school concerning proper and thorough disinfection, the disposal of vomit, and personal and environmental hygiene.
Apparently, that’s just a throw-a-way tag line, at the end of an abstract for a paper, but my observations say it’s the most important. Have paper towels, not bacterial blow dryers; have soap; and have vigorous running water, not a trickle-down (as effective in economics as in handwashing).
Each year millions of children are enrolled in center-based childcare. Childcare employees are tasked with handling over half the children’s weekly meals. Proper food handling practices are crucial in mitigating this high-risk population’s risk of foodborne illness. The purpose of this study was to identify childcare food handling employees’ (n = 278) perceived barriers and motivators to follow recommended food safety practices. Six important barriers and 14 key motivators to following recommended food safety practices were identified. Important barriers pertained to time restraints, workloads, and lack of understanding of the importance of following proper food safety practices. Key motivators were focused on children’s safety, available supplies, communication, and food safety training/information. Employee and facility characteristics were shown to influence perceived importance of barriers and motivators to following food safety practices. Childcare directors should review scheduling and job duties of employees as the majority of identified barriers focused on “work pace” and “time restraints.” Directors should also attempt to increase food safety communication through practical situational training, written food safety policies, and use of food safety signage to increase understanding of the importance of proper food safety practices. Ensuring proper supplies are available is necessary.
Childcare food handling employees’ perceived barriers and motivators to follow food safety practices
Early Childhood Education Journal, pp 1-9, 24 October 2017, Joel Reynolds, Lakshman Rajagopal
Whenever someone tells me of an outbreak at a school, day care, university residence, whatever, the first place I go, or someone more geographically-centered should go, is check out the bathrooms.
But proper handwashing requires access to proper tools.
So I check out the bathroom and usually find the tools, uh, missing.
Proper handwashing requires vigorous water flow (temperature doesn’t matter), a vigorous rub with soap, and drying with paper towel.
Garth Bray of TVNZ reports an Auckland primary school has dumped a policy that saw soap and hand towels removed from all children’s toilets.
The school felt the children were wasting those basic items, but failed to follow some of the most basic health advice with its policy.
“I think it’s appalling”, said Dr Michael Baker, who is the University of Otago Professor of Public Health.
“We’ve got good evidence in big trials showing that having handwashing can actually reduce risk of gut infections by about 30 per cent and respiratory infections by about 20 per cent so I think all of our schools need to be part of this,” Dr Baker told Fair Go.
Fair Go was contacted by four parents of children at the school who objected to the school withdrawing soap but had been told by teachers this was the policy.
However, one took her concerns to the principal and to a school board member.
Fair Go has seen written messages between the board member and the parent which say: “There are no legal requirements from the Ministry of Health and the students were wasting the soap and hand towels so they were taken out but every class has hand sanitiser that they encourage their kids to use regularly.”
That’ll work until the kids start drinking the stuff.
Fair Go spoke with the principal, who disclosed that classrooms were sometimes locked at lunchtimes, meaning children had no access to anything but water for washing before meals and after using toilets.
The principal told Fair Go that the same week our programme had made contact, the school board had decided to reverse the policy and will now stock toilets with soap and hand towels again.
On that basis, Fair Go has decided for now not to name the school publicly as it takes steps to make good its commitment to provide hygienic hand washing facilities for children.
“New Zealand’s got an appalling record of having very high rates of a lot of major childhood diseases – respiratory infections, skin infections and gut infections and these are exactly the things that hand washing can protect our children against,” Dr Baker said.
Fair Go’s advice is for parents to take a look at their own school’s facilities and reassure themselves their children have the essentials on hand at school.
And the school knows I check.
Don and Ben talk High Sierra and bricking a MacBook Air, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, State Fair judging, pH test strips, mail order food safety and cold brewed canned coffee. They also do some listener feedback on food safe issues related to brewing beer.
Show notes so you can follow along at home:
- Temporary Thing
- “aging like the finest wines and cheeses”
- Canada mourns Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie – BBC News
- The Tragically Hip in Bobcaygeon – a film by Andy Keen
- 2017 N.C. State Fair – Nothing Could Be Finer!
- Social proof – Wikipedia
- Tatiana Lorca
- The Best Meal-Delivery Service for 2017
- Food Safety Talk 130: This Outbreak is Brought to You by the Letter T — Food Safety Talk
- Temple Grandin (TV Movie 2010) – IMDb
- SC man accused of spraying possible feces on grocery store food | WSOC-TV
- Harris Teeter’s produce department remains closed following ‘disgruntled former contractor’s’ alleged sh*tstorm
- “Emergency!” Botulism (TV Episode 1972) – Plot Summary – IMDb
- Death Wish Coffee Nitro Recall – A Discussion with CEO Mike Brown
- Packs of radioactive wild boar are making farmers in Sweden nervous
- Chili cook off illnesses in VA | barfblog
- How blogger ‘Meathead’ Goldwyn turned AmazingRibs into top barbecue site
- Amazing Ribs website
- Meathead Goldwyn (@meathead) | Twitter
- Veronica Bryant (@NoroNerd) | Twitter
- Podcasts for Microbiologists and Curious Non-Scientists – Microbiologics Blog
- Food safety during and after a disaster
Don and Ben are on the road, talking to some of the best folks in the food safety world at the NEHA Region 4 conference/FDA Central Region retail food protection seminar in Minneapolis. This recording was an experiment, the first Food Safety Talk recorded in front of a live, non-studio audience. Topics included raw milk, hepatitis A, listener feedback on liquid nitrogen, our favorite Bond movies and least favorite pathogens.
Show notes so you can follow along at home:
- StoryCorps – Stories from people of all backgrounds and beliefs
- capn marm (@capnmariam) | Twitter
- San Diego is struggling with a huge hepatitis A outbreak. Is it coming to L.A.? – LA Times
- N.J. restaurant at center of hepatitis A outbreak closes
- CDC and Texas Health Officials Warn About Illness Linked to Raw Milk from Texas Dairy
- Food Safety Talk 53: Raw Milk Hamsterdam — Food Safety Talk
- Jerry Dell Farm Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak | Campylobacter Food Poisoning
- Angie Fraser at Clemson
- Jennifer Quinlan at Drexel University
- Val Hillers Abuela presentation
- International Association for Food Protection
- Conference for Food Protection
- We can pickle that (Portlandia) – YouTube
- Portlandia: Raw Milk Is the Future!
- “Quincy M.E.” Deadly Arena (TV Episode 1980) – IMDb
- “CHiPs” Baby Food (TV Episode 1977) – IMDb
- Why Was the Reusable Bag Blamed for a Norovirus Outbreak?
- 43f Podcast: John Gruber & Merlin Mann’s Blogging Panel at SxSW | 43 Folders
- Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop called out for unsubstantiated and deceptive health claims
Trevor Noah of The Daily Show rarely shakes hands with guests or correspondants.
Maybe Schaffner can design a study to figure out which is microbiologically safer.
It’d be another pop-culture hit.
Maybe someone has done it.
Some teachers at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, southeast of London, are now arming themselves with hand sanitiser amid fears that shaking hands up to 150 times a day may cause them to pick up germs.
Principal Amanda Simpson is standing by her decision, which sees teachers shaking hands with every member of their class before each lesson.
One parent told local news website Kent Live that she was worried about the consequences of the mandatory handshaking.
“It will be interesting to see what happens if there’s an outbreak of Norovirus,” she said.
“I assume it was introduced because the new head wanted to introduce some element of respect – but I wouldn’t think that sort of thing would make any difference.”
Ms Simpson believes that starting every lesson “with a handshake and a smile” makes children feel welcome and appreciated.
She confirmed that hand sanitiser was available throughout the school for anyone worried about the spread of germs.
There was this one time, when I was in Kansas, and there was an outbreak of something at the local high school.
No paper towel. No soap.
Proper handwashing requires access to proper tools.
USD 501 confirms it centers on Highland Park Central Elementary, saying the district sent information to those parents.
Shigellosis is a gastro intestinal illness caused by a bacteria.
It is treatable and most people quickly recover from symptoms including diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.
Shigella is found in the feces of an infected person. It’s spread by close contact, and by eating and drinking contaminated food or water.
To stop the spread, always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating. Do not share food, drinks, spoons and or straws.
No paper towel. No soap.
Proper handwashing requires access to proper tools.
Those are the kinds of questions that get full professors fired.
Today is our first full day of Fall, when it comes to scheduling, with both kids back in school.
I’m at home, just finished recording a podcast and have CNN on in the background. I’m watching the Hurricane Harvey coverage, in awe of the devastation of inches and inches of rain.
Last Fall, some of our close by communities in North Carolina experienced flooding following Hurricane Matthew.
I had never seen anything like it.
A couple of months later I traveled to the Greenville, North Carolina area with a few other extension folks and we shot a few videos about returning to a home after a flood. Stuff like cleaning dishes, pots and pans in Part 1; other kitchen items, including appliances, flatware and plastic, in Part 2; food for people and pets in Part 3; and refrigerators in Part 4. Amongst others.
We also have a few factsheets on disaster recovery here (including what to do with foods in refrigerators and freezers after the power has been out for a while)
Thoughts are with the people of Texas.