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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    
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.
C Willis; N Elviss; H Aird; D Fenelon; J McLauchlin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-18
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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.
Health Protection Agency Microbiology Service Food Water and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (Porton), Porton Down, Salisbury, SP4 0JG, UK.
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