Food hygiene officers from Glasgow City Council uncovered a series of food safety breaches when they inspected BBC Scotland’s HQ at the Pacific Quay building in the city earlier this year. Dirty kitchens with old, crumbling work surfaces, staff with no food hygiene training, a faulty fridge and a lack of hand washing facilities were uncovered during the inspection, and officers spotted staff storing raw and cooked food next to each other, putting customers at risk of food poisoning.
The building’s canteen caters for over 1,000 staff and Servest Group are responsible for managing the kitchens. The dirty kitchens failed to meet food hygiene standards and in May the premises received an ‘improvement required’ certificate, which was re-issued at a follow-up inspection a fortnight later, despite minor improvements having been made. The inspector’s report stated, “Reporting high staff turnover and use of agency staff. Coupled with lack of documented Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), this may explain the very poor standard of the premises and numerous deficiencies noted.”
Whilst the BBC’s catering services have long been the butt of jokes by various comedians, the risk of food poisoning is a serious matter and a spokeswoman for Servest Group commented, “We are aware that in in the early opening weeks of the contract there were a few issues but they have all been addressed and a pass certificate has been issued by Environmental Health.”
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Office canteens are a place where we like to think we’re safe from the risk of food poisoning. However, in reality, food poisoning has the potential to occur anywhere food is prepared and served. If you have been struck down by food poisoning after eating in your work’s canteen, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. You’ll probably need time off work to recover from the symptoms of food poisoning, which usually include nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps. This could lead to loss of earnings, which will be taken into account when you make a claim for compensation.
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