Entirely Yorkshire

HUDDERSFIELD FOOD NEWS

Wednesday March 27 2019


Caterer receives hefty fine in allergen mock trial


A caterer was fined tens of thousands of pounds after admitting to flouting allergen laws, as part of a mock trial.



Caterer receives hefty fine in allergen mock trial

The event was held to enhance food businesses’ knowledge of their legal obligations on allergens, and an industry expert is calling on Manchester’s caterers to ‘sit up and take notice’.

Jon Shayler, chief operating officer at Erudus, which is the leading provider of food product data to the foodservice industry and supported the event, said: “Failure to get it right can have catastrophic results.

“In addition to placing people’s lives at risk, caterers risk hefty fines and potentially irreparable damage to their reputation.

“As demonstrated in the mock trial, adhering to allergen law goes far beyond having access to the data. There was a breakdown in processes and procedures, which led to mis-information and mistakes, concluding with two young boys being served meals that contained ingredients they are allergic to.

“To make matters worse, the family advised of the allergies at the time of booking.

“This type of incident happens on a regular basis, and I hope this event sends a clear message to caterers that they need to sit up and take notice.”

In the mock trial, the restaurant and the director pleaded guilty to five charges including misleading consumers and selling unsafe food.

Evidence included failures to properly act on a product recall and to update front of house about a change in the nut allergy status of a meal.

One boy had an allergy to cashew nuts and was served a meal containing the ingredient. It was discovered by another family member before he tasted it. His brother was allergic to peas and gluten and ate a meal consisting of both, before falling ill.

Evidence presented to the jurors showed:

·      Layout of the kitchen didn’t provide effective allergen segregation

·      Utensil Policy not properly implemented or abided to by employees

·      Cleaning schedule only 90 per cent complete over a three-month period

·      One employee had overstated her qualifications that hadn’t been checked

·      Food Allergy awareness, risk assessment, and labelling policy was in place

·      An inaccurate meals allergen risk assessment

The company, which owned five restaurants, was fined £12,000, plus £24,000 to contribute to costs of the proceeding, and the director was fined £2,880.

The mock trial was hosted by training consultancy Food Allergy Aware in partnership with law firm Blake Morgan.

Caroline Benjamin, founder and consultant of Food Allergy Aware, said: “Despite a number of high-profile legal cases involving food outlets and allergens in the last 12 months, it’s not surprising to see bad practise still exists across the UK with allergen tables created as a tick box exercise with very little care taken to ensure their accuracy.

“I hope this event helps to promote potentially critical issues facing the hospitality industry, where there is a possible incident just waiting to happen.”

 



"As demonstrated in the mock trial, adhering to allergen law goes far beyond having access to the data. "
Jon Shayler








DISCLAIMER: The statements, opinions, views and advice expressed in this article are those of the author/organisation and not of ENTIRELY. This article should represent information correct at the time of publication however whilst every care has been taken to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. ENTIRELY will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article or any information accessed through this site. The content of any organisations websites which you link to from ENTIRELY are entirely out of the control of ENTIRELY, and you proceed at your own risk. These links are provided purely for your convenience and do not imply any endorsement of or association with any products, services, content, information or materials offered by or accessible to you at the organisations site.






Discover our Industry Magazines
















Discover our UK Regional Magazines


North West Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely North West UK
East of England Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely East England UK
Ireland Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Ireland
London Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely London UK
Midlands Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Midlands UK
North East Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely North East UK
Scotland Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Scotland
South East Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely South East UK
South West Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely South West UK
Wales Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Wales
Yorkshire Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Yorkshire UK


RECOMMENDED FOR YOU ON ENTIRELY FOOD






























A slice of celebration at Scunthorpe pub


Representatives from the Scunthorpe branch of Macmillan, joined Miriam Oliver, general manager at the Greene King Ashby Lodge, for a special cake and cuppa event, whilst also cutting the ribbon to a new dining area in the family friendly pub on Brigg Road







5 steps to an eco Easter!


If the Easter Bunny is planning to hop into your home this Easter then youll know, as well as chocolate, therell plenty of packaging to contend with.But it can be difficult to know what can be popped into your household recycling and what shouldnt be























Discover our Industry Magazines
















Discover our UK Regional Magazines


North West Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely North West UK
East of England Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely East England UK
Ireland Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Ireland
London Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely London UK
Midlands Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Midlands UK
North East Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely North East UK
Scotland Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Scotland
South East Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely South East UK
South West Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely South West UK
Wales Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Wales
Yorkshire Business News, Jobs and Events | Entirely Yorkshire UK