Food Consulting Services : What is Salmonella?

Salmonellosis (caused by the bacterium Salmonella) Salmonellosis is the most common and widely distributed food-borne illness, with tens of millions human cases occurring worldwide every year. It is caused by the bacterium, Salmonella, and is contracted by consuming food that is contaminated with the bacterium. Since the beginning of the 1990s several antibiotic- resistant salmonella […]

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Food Consulting Services : Wooden equipment in the kitchen

Why do we discourage the use of wooden equipment in the kitchen?Wooden spoons have been used as far back as the Palaeolithic Era, the earliest known versions simple pieces of wood used to scoop foods just not liquid enough to drink. They have even been found in Egyptian tombs!With wooden utensils long and varied history […]

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Food Consulting Services : Corrective Action Report

Corrective Action Report (follow up announcement)We have now included (January 2017) the Corrective Action Report (C.A.R) into the audit requirements, under the Documentation section, and our team of auditors will be assessing whether the C.A.R has been actioned.Below is a reminder from our previous newsletters:The spreadsheet C.A.R. (included with all reports sent to you) is […]

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An Introduction to Escherichia coli

Escherichia coli is a gram-negative bacterium that is often found in the lower intestine of an endotherm.  It is the most common food poisoning bacteria, but is also referred to as an indicator organism. coli is a gram-negative bacterium that is naturally occurring in the environment, in the soil or in our bodies. coli stains […]

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Bacteria Defined

Before we understand how bacteria affects your food we need to define what bacteria is, how it grows and exactly which bacteria is bad for your body. What is bacteria? Bacteria are Single-celled microorganisms which can exist either as independent (free-living) organisms or as parasites (dependent upon another organism for life). Bacteria were among the […]

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Walkthrough Visual Scoresheet 3rd Edition

This is the third edition of Food Consulting Services’ Walkthrough Visual Scoresheet. To further improve its usefulness, the Walkthrough Visual Index is further sub-divided into four sub-indices as below: Visual Cleanliness:As the title states; this section is concerned with the cleanliness of the kitchen. High risk items, such as food contact equipment (can opener blades, […]

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The Importance of SANS 241

A common question around water safety and the water regulations is: what is the South African National Standard of drinking water and why is it important? We often hear about the South African National Standard (SANS), but are often not exactly sure what it means. In order to understand SANS, we need to understand where […]

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What are Surface Swabs?

Surface Swabs The name ‘surface swab’ is slightly misleading to the layman because these are taken, not only from surfaces like food processing tables, but also crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans, nylon cutting boards, utensils and high risk equipment, like blenders. Surface swabs are tested for the most basic and widespread microbiological test, the […]

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Hand Washing Techniques

Personal Hygiene & Hand Washing Techniques Hand washing & personal hygiene is an integral part of preparing and serving safe food. Neatness, cleanliness and maintaining hygiene is expected in every food and hospitality establishment. Employers and staff have a legal and moral obligation to protect their clients from becoming ill, following the consumption of their products. […]

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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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