The Food Standards Agency has recently released guidance on how to comply with new legislation regarding the correct, legal use of vacuum packing machines. This new legislation has been brought into effect in the attempts to control the threat of E-coli. Renowned for being an exceptionally dangerous bacterium, E-coli has the ability to survive a multitude of harsh conditions, from freezing temperatures to salty, dry and even acidic environments.
The FSA states that if E-coli is consumed, even in low doses, the bacteria can cause serious illness and even death. Even if the sufferer recovers from infection, some cases are left with permanent kidney or brain damage. It is thus extremely important for commercial and professional caterers to take all the steps necessary to ensure the highest standards of hygiene are reached. One of the most effective ways to do this is through the control of cross contamination between raw and ready to eat foods, which the FSA states will also help control and reduce the risk of other foodborne bacteria, such as Salmonella.
For more information regarding the new food safety legislation, visit the Food Standards Agency guidelines.
By Tamara Cmiljic