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E. coli video for butchers launched

The FSA has produced a DVD / video for those working in butchers shops to encourage them to think about the type of food safety risks they face in their business and how they should control them. It features three butchers talking about the steps they have taken to reduce food safety risks. It offers a common sense approach on how control of cross-contamination can be achieved.

The DVD has been produced as part of the FSA’s response to addressing the recommendations of the Public Inquiry into the serious outbreak of E.coli O157 in Wales in 2005.
‘E.coli O157 – A butchers’ guide to staying safe’ focuses on three key areas:
• the threat that E.coli O157 poses to businesses and their customers
• the importance of separation in controlling cross contamination
• the role of documented food safety management procedures in ensuring food safety and the ease with which they may be embedded into everyday working practices

Verner Wheelock Associates’ trainer Paul Bache MBE is featured in the video. Paul is a well-respected expert in HACCP and Food Safety training, with a particular interested in the meat industry as he started his working life as a butcher, and has continued to work and train others within the sector.

The FSA want to encourage butchers to put simple measures in place to ensure the food they provide is safe, thereby protecting consumers and their businesses. The butchers featured in the DVD show how they have done it, and demonstrate that it’s not as complicated as you might think.’
The video can be viewed online and or you can order a copy by calling the Food Standards Agency Publications on 0845 606 0667 or email foodstandards@ecgroup.co.uk.

Verner Wheelock Associates offers a wide range of HACCP and Food Safety training courses – from Level 2 HACCP and Food Safety to Level 4 HACCP and Food Safety. Click here to view our Training Calendar.