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Evaluation of hygiene practices in catering premises at large-scale events in the UK: Identifying risks for the Olympics 2012.
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PMID:  22717040     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVES: To investigate hygiene practices of caterers at large events in order to: support the production of guidance on catering at such events; to compare hygiene standards at weekends with other times in the week; and to learn lessons in preparation for the London Olympics in 2012. STUDY DESIGN: UK-wide study of caterers at large events, including questionnaires on hygiene procedures and microbiological examination of food, water and environmental samples. METHODS: In total, 1364 samples of food, water, surface swabs and cloths were collected at 139 events, by local authority sampling officers, and transported to laboratories for microbiological analysis. RESULTS: Eight percent of food samples were of an unsatisfactory quality, and a further 2% contained potentially hazardous levels of Bacillus spp. A significantly higher proportion of unsatisfactory food samples were taken from vendors without adequate food safety procedures in place. Fifty-two percent of water samples, 38% of swabs and 71% of cloths were also unsatisfactory. The majority of samples (57%) were collected on Saturdays, Sundays or bank holidays. Environmental swab results were significantly poorer at weekends compared with other days of the week. CONCLUSIONS: This study reinforces the fact that food hygiene is a continuing cause for concern in mobile vendors, and indicates a need for an ongoing programme of training and monitoring of caterers in preparation for the London Olympics.
Authors:
C Willis; N Elviss; H Aird; D Fenelon; J McLauchlin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5616     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0376507     Medline TA:  Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Health Protection Agency Microbiology Service Food Water and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (Porton), Porton Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JG, UK.
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