Food safety

Nothing is as important to the caterer as food safety. As a leading industry specialist and guardian of effective food hygiene, Foster has produced a number of advisory guides to help you get the very latest updates on the rules and regulations.

Jump to:      HACCP      EHO      Ice handling    Temperature



What is HACCP?

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HACCP stands for ‘Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points’ and if you work in the food and drink industry you need to know... read more

Effective record keeping

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Accurate record keeping will not only reduce the stress of the HACCP certification process and inspections by EHOs, it is also the most... read more

Seven hygiene hazards you should know

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We know it’s imperative to keep professional kitchens spotlessly clean, but in a busy and sometimes stressful working environment it can be all too easy... read more


Environmental Health Officers

EHOs: how they can help your business

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For owners of catering businesses, the thought of a visit by an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) can be daunting. But the truth is EHOs would much rather engage... read more

Hazards that can catch you off guard

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Nobody wants a food scandal on their hands: even a single food-related incident can warrant a harsh blow to your business in terms of fines and reputational damage... read more

Failing an inspection: what happens next

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Inspections by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) are a routine part of running a food business, but what happens if your premises are not up to scratch... read more


Handling and Serving Ice

Ice and food safety laws

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If you work in the hospitality and foodservice industry you undoubtedly encounter a lot of ice on a daily basis. From serving it in drinks to using it in food displays... read more

Why clean ice is better

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Ice is an essential ingredient for many of the drinks and cocktails you serve, but it’s often a neglected one. Good quality, crystal-clear ice is a must, not only... read more

How clean is your ice maker?

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As the forgotten food of the catering industry, it’s easy to underestimate how much bacteria can form on ice and its potential to make your customers ill... read more


Safety and quality: why food temperature matters

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A thorough understanding of food temperature control is crucial when running a catering business to ensure more

Please note: The articles and white papers are written in conjunction with UK industry experts and are most applicable to UK operations and food safety guidelines.