Senior Consultant, Assurity Consulting
14th August 2017
The estimated number of contaminated eggs to have reached the UK is around 700,000. Exposure to the insecticide in question, fipronil, can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches and dizziness. This particular insecticide is often used to remove fleas, lice and ticks on household pets, however, it is banned by the EU for use on animals which will be sent for human consumption.
A criminal investigation is now taking place in Belgium and the Netherlands involving a pest control company which allegedly sold the treatment to a Dutch poultry farm cleaning company. Whilst the Food Standards Agency has highlighted that it is very unlikely there is any risk to public health from consuming these contaminated foods, consumers are still understandably concerned.
I know when I buy my food from the supermarket I look to buy British produce both for the reduced air miles but also the welfare and food safety standards we have in this country. However, when I choose to dine outside of my home, where the food is sourced from an unknown supplier, I put my trust in the hands of the catering establishment.
I carry out food safety audits on a variety of catering establishments including catering contractors, restaurants and cafes. A key part of the food safety audit is to re-iterate the importance of only using ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers. Suppliers need to be regularly audited so that the company using their products are confident in the food they are providing to their customers. Ignorance is not an excuse where food safety is concerned and caterers must only use approved suppliers at all times.
If you would like Assurity Consulting to carry out a food safety audit of your premises please get in touch.