Food Consulting Services : Legionella

Legionnaires disease (caused by Legionella bacteria) Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which kills about 13% of those infected. The disease is caught by breathing in aerosols (which are formed from fine water droplets) containing the Legionella bacteria. For information on how Food Consulting Services can help reduce the risk […]

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Food Consulting Services : Hygiene Audits

Hygiene Audits The FCS Hygiene Audit or Technical Survey is designed to evaluate the hygiene, sanitation, food safety and facilities in kitchens in the food service industry. The audits are performed for clients in the hotel, gaming, restaurant, and catering industries, and are tailor made to the unique needs of each client. Contact us today for […]

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How to clean grease / fat traps

GREASE TRAP CLEANING PROCEDURES: Recently we received a request regarding the proper procedures for cleaning grease traps. Although it is highly recommended that you hire a professional cleaning company to clean your grease trap and dispose of the waste in an ethical and regulated fashion, we have included a few steps on how to clean […]

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Record temperatures of buffet food during service

Record temperatures of buffet food during service Helpful tip: It is essential to take and record temperatures of buffet food during service to ensure that temperature specifications are being met. Food temperatures should ideally be taken an hour into service in order to pick up any irregularities. You can gain access to a free template […]

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Food Poisoning : Salmonella

Salmonella Food Poisoning There are over 2500 serotypes of the bacterium Salmonella, but only 100 will cause any form of food poisoning. Of these 100, it has now been discovered that some of these can cause long lasting negative effects on our DNA. “A person’s damaged DNA from Salmonella could lead to long-term health consequences […]

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Laboratory Testing, Hygiene Audits And Consulting Services

Food Consulting ServicesFood Consulting Services is an independent, professional hygiene, microbiology and food testing laboratory established in 1977. The FCS Hygiene Audit or Technical Survey is designed to evaluate the hygiene, sanitation, food safety and facilities in kitchens in the food service industry.Microbiological LaboratoryOur microbiology lab boasts 32 SANAS accredited methods in accordance with ISO/IEC […]

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Food Poisoning : Fungus & Moulds

Fungus & Moulds Good to Know: More than 25% of the world’s crops are contaminated with poisonous moulds and fungi known as mycotoxins. Fungi on crops produce them in the field, during handling, and in storage. These toxic chemical compounds are a serious food safety threat as they cause disease and death in humans and […]

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Food Poisoning : Campylobacter

What is Campylobacter?The bacterium Campylobacter is considered to be the most common bacterial cause of human gastroenteritis in the world. Campylobacteriosis is a zoonosis, meaning that the disease is transmitted to humans from animals or animal by-products.The bacterium is widely distributed in most warm blood mammals, such as cattle, poultry, sheep and domestic pets and the […]

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Food Samples & Temperature Control

FOOD SAMPLES In any instance prevention is better than cure, which is why FCS offers the Hygiene Survey (audit) as a pro-active measure to prevent such complaints from occurring. You may have noticed that this year we have added a new checkpoint into our hygiene audit system asking whether you take food samples and for […]

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