Food Crime – what it is and how to protect yourself

In 2013, Europe was hit by one of the most high-profile food fraud incidents in modern history – the horsemeat scandal. The Food Standards Agency reported that many advertised beef products in the UK contained as much as 100% horsemeat; a finding that enraged and disturbed consumers across the country. A House of Commons enquiry […]

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How to keep your staff motivated about hygiene

In order to handle food safely, your staff need to have the correct hygience knowledge at their disposal. However, there is another piece to the puzzle of hygiene, and that’s motivation. Even with all the training and information in the world, a demotivated staff member will always look for ways to cut corners, stay passive, […]

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Everything you need to know about freezing food

If you run a food business, chances are you’ve had to freeze food at some point or another. Freezing is a fantastic way to stop the spread of dangerous microbes as well as ensuring that food retains its nutrients. However, just because food has been frozen, doesn’t mean it’s totally safe to eat. Let’s look […]

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Amazing new technologies to help you upgrade your food business

Today, innovative technologies are changing the face of the food industry. With the rise of digital platforms, mobile technologies and the Internet of Things, there’s an ever-increasing number of ways for you to enhance your business and increase efficiency. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting technologies in the food sector and […]

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What is Antimicrobial Resistance (and how does it affect you)?

This week at Hawk we’ve been reading about a fascinating topic in the world of food safety – antimicrobial resistance. This may not be something many food business owners are familiar with, but it’s currently a growing concern for governments and food providers. Let’s take a closer look at AMR and how it’s impacting the […]

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Campylobacter: The UK’s most common cause of food poisoning

There’s been a lot of social media buzz recently about Campylobacter incidents and awareness. This week at Hawk, we’re taking a closer look at this dangerous bug, its effects, and how to avoid it. Let’s dive in. What is Campylobacter? Campylobacter is a prolific food-bourne bacterium and one of the most common causes of food […]

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Protect your customers with on-point waste management

Food businesses can produce a huge amount of waste, including food waste, packaging, waste appliances and equipment, and paper waste. If not dealt with correctly, waste drastically increases the chances of contamination, infestation, and the spread of bacteria. By handling waste correctly, however, you can maintain a safe, clean, and attractive business. Check out our […]

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5 basic (yet super-effective) ways to keep your kitchen clean forever

Maintaining a clean kitchen isn’t difficult, it just takes some work, dedication, and a hint of pride. However, there are some things you can do to make kitchen hygiene easier and less time-intensive. Take a look at our top 5 ways to keep your kitchen clean at all times. 1. Perform a deep clean It’s […]

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Healthcare spotlight: Your Guide to the NHS Cleaning Standards

In 2009, the National Patient Safety Agency released its Revised Healthcare Cleaning Manual. This document sets out comprehensive working guidelines for the cleaning of NHS healthcare facilities and trusts around the country. If you’ve taken a look at the manual you’ll know that the sheer weight and level of detail of this 174-page document makes […]

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Healthcare spotlight: How to use PLACE for perfect patient care

This week at Hawk we’re proud to announce a new template addition to our checks product – Patient-Led Assessments of Care Environments. If you work in the medical weight loss profession, you’ve probably heard a little about PLACE and it’s role in ensuring high-quality environmental control for surgeries and practices around the country. To go […]

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