Would you ever suspect your child’s gym kit to cause problems? In an age where many comments are being made in the media about us being too clean, one cautionary tale that comes to mind is the story of a rather nasty skin infection that ran rife round a friend’s school.
Burgers Again The burger conundrum continues. Today is National Burger Day, and the Food Standards Agency is rightfully explaining to consumers why they need to cook a burger all the way through. Burgers are not like steak where just the outside surface could be contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli (and can be cooked […]
Freezing Campylobacter The newspapers are awash with articles today about how freezing chicken can kill Campylobacter off – this would certainly be welcome news as this organism causes the highest levels of bacterial food poisoning every year. Key facts about Chicken and Campylobacter from the Food Standards Agency are: 72,000 confirmed cases per year, possibly […]
How Easy is Going to the Toilet? I have just got up from my desk to visit the toilet about 5m away – how simple; when I returned to my desk, after washing my hands with nice soap, warm water and paper towels, I read with interest the Truckers’ Toilets UK newsletter. Spare a moment to […]
We are what we eat This week I co-chaired a conference at the Royal Society For Public Health on the Elliott review which concerned food fraud and food security, and listened to Professor Elliott talking about the steps we will be taking to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure. I remember that […]
In January 2012 I had the disturbing experience of staying in a world class luxury hotel in Cape Town and then visiting a township less than 10 miles away where the occupants lived in abject poverty. In my hotel room I had two wash basins, a separate shower, an enormous bath and a huge collection of towels, […]
Broken Washing Machine Door What a calamity – household of 5 people, washing machine not letting me have my washing back! I tried everything, the emergency release button didn’t work, neither did the reset, the nice customer service help-line couldn’t help. So I had to call someone out – and yes, you’ve guessed it, the […]
Health Risks From Dog Poo and Spitting Dog poo and spitting is disgusting but is it also a risk to health? Spitting Some councils have outlawed spitting and can levy fines of up to £5000 to perpetrators. So what are the health risks? Well once on the ground, the risk from spitting is limited because the transfer […]