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Food safety round-up: ‘Face mask’ found inside McDonald’s chicken nugget and hospitality coronavirus breaches

‘Face mask’ found inside McDonald’s chicken nugget

chicken nuggetsThe BBC has reported that a six-year-old girl discovered a blue surgical face mask inside a McDonald’s chicken nugget at its Aldershot branch in Hampshire.

McDonald’s said food safety is of the “utmost importance to us” and said the company places great emphasis on quality control, following “rigorous standards to avoid any imperfections”.

A spokesperson said: “As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we opened a full investigation with the relevant supplier, and have taken action to ensure any product from this batch is removed from restaurants.

“We would like to offer a full apology to the customer in question and understand they are currently in conversation with our customer services team.”

Indian restaurant fined £17k after rat infestation

Tiffins Tandoori in Abingdon has been prosecuted by Vale of White Horse District Council for five offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations at Oxford Magistrates’.

The defendants pleaded guilty to all five offences and were ordered by magistrates to pay £3,000 for each charge and costs of £2,211.26 and a victim surcharge of £181.

Environmental health officers from the council carried out an unannounced routine food hygiene inspection in October 2019, during which they discovered evidence of a rat infestation in both inside and outside food and equipment storage areas.

Rat droppings were found on equipment, including a frying pan, while there was also gnawed food and gnawed food packaging.

There was also a large hole which had been created by the rats in a food storeroom.

Officers subsequently served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice, which prevented the restaurant from using the storage areas.

Pub landlord ‘complacent’ in enforcing COVID-19 regulations

The landlord of the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone, Staffordshire has said he was “simply not strong enough” in enforcing government rules. The pub has been linked to an outbreak of coronavirus in the area.

Custodio Pinto said he regretted being “complacent” in enforcing regulations with customers.

Twenty-two people linked to the pub have tested positive for COVID-19, out of around 1,000 people who underwent tests after Staffordshire Police said it visited the site following social distancing concerns.

Irish police find 24 pubs in breach of coronavirus guidelines

A total of 24 pubs in Ireland were found in breach of COVID-19 safety guidelines by the gardai as part of a targeted operation, named Operation Navigation.

Many of the breaches were due to no evidence of food being served or consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold.

The incidents of non-compliance with health regulations and licencing laws were found between 27 July to 3 August.

Some 105 pubs have been found to be in breach of safety guidelines since the start of Operation Navigation on 3 July.

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