How Nice is your Ice?...
In June and July of this year two programmes were broadcast by the BBC’s Watch Dog in which ice testing was carried out across popular coffee outlets and fast food restaurants in the UK.
The results showed that levels of faecal contamination were significantly high in a number of the samples.
The bacteria concerned come from the human gut and indicates either a poor water quality or staff have been to the toilet and not washed their hands effectively before handling the scoop or ice directly.
The companies quickly reviewed their cleaning procedures and staff training and if necessary put improved measures in place to ensure that this was resolved.
Cannock Chase Council’s Food and Safety Team decided to carry out some sampling in August across a variety of our takeaways and cafes to test the ice and utensils used to handle it for faecal bacteria.
We sampled ten different types of premises across the District and 50% came back unsatisfactory. We observed the businesses’ working practices and worked with them to improve the cleaning of equipment and ice handling procedures. We were also able to work with a business where the design of the ice machine made it a challenge to clean properly.
The good news is when we resampled these businesses there had been a significant improvement in the hygiene of the ice. We will continue our sampling programme to monitor safety of food, to highlight problems of possible hygiene issues for business and to improve food hygiene practices.
Many new Tattoo artists have set up new shops in Cannock Chase District in the past year. Demand for individual artwork and good infrastructure has made it very popular with residents in the District and visitors outside choosing to use our tattoo artists here in Cannock Chase.
The Food and Safety Team sampled all of the registered tattooist premises in the area and decided to look at hygiene indicators of equipment, beds and cleaning solutions in the premises to see if there were any improvements to be made. We observed tattooists’ cleaning practices and asked questions about cleaning solutions, to get an idea of how effective the cleaning regime was.
A selection of what was sampled
Hand wash basins
Handwashing is the most important infection control measure that a tattooist uses, this was carried out to see if any contamination was being left on taps.
Tap results were tip top
In the past pseudomonas have been found in pre-mixed solutions, this is a parasite that can cause a nasty skin infection.
The solution results came back clear
Parts of the equipment can become contaminated if it’s not disinfected properly. We focused on the motor handle of the ink pen that the tattoo artist holds.
The equipment came back satisfactory
All of the results of the sampling came back as satisfactory which is reassuring for the clients and the businesses involved, confirming that Cannock Chase District tattooists are a safe choice for the consumer.
Last Updated: 10/01/2018