Over 500 Care Homes/Hospitals ‘Failing’ Food Safety Inspections

Over 500 Care Homes/Hospitals ‘Failing’ Food Safety Inspections

Healthcare providers working with some of the most vulnerable people in society should make sure that food safety and hygiene are top priorities – yet it would seem that this is perhaps not always the case.

A new Guardian investigation has found that over 500 care providers, which includes 19 hospitals and other facilities in the NHS, have actually failed inspections, while more than 200 nurseries, playgroups, childcare centres and out-of-school care providers have also done the same.

Interestingly, more care homes fail to meet hygiene standards than any other kind of care provider – although it’s certainly important to note that 98 per cent of hospitals and similar establishments do achieve a hygiene rating of three or better.

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Michael Harding said that it’s always a cause for concern if a care organisation does receive a low rating, adding: “The food safety officer will be taking the necessary action to ensure that the issues identified at caring premises with a lower rating are addressed and that vulnerable people are not put at risk.”

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, helping people choose where to eat or shop for food by providing them with up-to-date information on hygiene standards in food shops, takeaways and restaurants.

If you run a business that either makes or prepares food, you will be inspected to ensure that you’re following food law. Find out what these inspections will involve on the FSA website.

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