Food Sense

Food Sense, Food Hygiene Training Based in Newry - Making Sense of Food Hygiene HACCP and Nutrition.

Operating as usual


Got a back handed compliment today - met with a client that had used FoodSense in the past for food hygiene training. They chose an alternative supplier for their most recent training but they felt on reflection that FoodSense provided a more professional, focused and tailored training course. As a result they booked me in for courses to be delivered in January and Feburary 2017. Thank you to the management of The Cross Square Hotel and look forward to working with you in the New Year . :-)


Delighted to confirm that FoodSense has been awarded the contract to deliver Food Safety Training to staff across the Southern Health Care Trust


Dundalk Stadium



With Christmas only 4 weeks away, now is a good time to start cleaning out your fridge. This link contains a few cool rules on keeping your fridge a safe place to store your food.


Tips on how to avoid the daily ham sandwich

Lunch box planner! Stick it on your fridge for those days when you need some inspiration!


Make sure your child's lunch box is clean and safe

Make sure your child's lunchbox is clean and safe. Help keep lunches cool and safe by following these tips:



Have you bought frozen, imported berries recently? If so, you need to boil them first as a precaution before eating. See our website for more information.


Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus Linked to Imported Frozen Berries

Click here to read our press release:


Would like to wish Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Northern Ireland best of luck this Friday night. They are finalists in the License and Catering Awards Hotel of the Year. Congratulations on getting this far.


Counts as one of your 5 a day and helps you eat less

Weight loss tip 7: Eat a piece of fruit before lunch or dinner. This will help you eat a little less and counts as 1 of your 5 a day. For more info on what a serving is, see:


Food Labelling Seminar-Seminars

Looking forward to attending this event. By attending this Event you will learn about:-          The Food Information for Consumers Regulations – General (due by 2014) and      Nutritional Aspects (due by 2016)-          Front...


I wonder how many business are displaying the correct rating?

COMPETITION TIME! Win a family pass to Balmoral Show where we'll be promoting the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Simply like our page, share this post and tell us below whether you think food businesses should be required by law to display their rating at the entrance.

Winners will be announced on Friday!


Delighted to report that 1 of my clients Annalitten Farm Eggs was awarded an A rating by the BRC auditing group. Congratulations to John Kingham and all the staff on achieving this top rating.


Some useful advice on bottle feeding

FAQ Friday- Bottle Feeding Safely

How long can I store feed once it is made up?

Feed made using hot water (70ºC) can be made in advance and stored provided it is cooled completely, stored at the back of the refrigerator and used within 24 hours. Feed made using cooled pre-sterilised water cannot be kept and should be consumed immediately.

More FAQ's on 'Bottle Feeding Safely' can be found on our website:

You can also check out the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute’s booklet:


Food Standards Agency

Our puns might be a little 'chickky' but we promise out food hygiene rating site is loads better. ;-) Don't forget to check it out before you book your restaurant, when eating out this bank holiday weekend! Go to


What do you think of the food hygiene ratings scheme? Would it bother you that some premises are not displaying their rating?

Did you know that over 800 premises in Northern Ireland have low food hygiene ratings yet four out of five of the lower-scoring restaurants, cafés, takeaways, hotels and food shops are not displaying scores on their doors.
Now the Food Standards Agency (FSA) wants to make it mandatory for all food-serving businesses to clearly display their ratings. Do you think this is a good thing?


Food Safety Authority of Ireland

What are food additives?

Food additives are substances added intentionally to foodstuffs to perform certain technological functions, for example to colour, to sweeten or to preserve.

Food additives are defined in legislation (EC Regulation 1333/2008 Article 3) as “any substance not normally consumed as a food in itself and not normally used as a characteristic ingredient of food whether or not it has nutritive value, the intentional addition of which to food for a technological purpose in the manufacture, processing, preparation, treatment, packaging, transport or storage of such food results, or may be reasonably expected to result, in it or its by-products becoming directly or indirectly a component of such foods”.

Click here for more info on food additives:


Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Undeclared Soya in Tesco Mini Chocolate Crispies (Home Baking Product)

Click here for further information on this alert:


The Armagh City Hotel


Just back from delivering the 2nd day of L3 Food Safety at Deli*Lites - Gourmet Sandwich Kitchen. A great bunch of staff. In between talking about the Supervisor Role in managing Food Safety - We have managed to throw in a few jokes about Horse Burgers.


Makes you think twice about food traceability

FSAI Survey Finds Horse DNA in Some Beef Burger Products

Click here to read our press release:


PHA: E. coli outbreak 'a crisis'

Paul McAdam owner of Flicks Restaurant talks about his "worse nightmare" as his business is linked to a major food poiosning outbreak. FoodSense can help you prepare and avoid such nightmares. An E. coli outbreak linked to a Belfast restaurant is described as a "major public health crisis" by Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA).


Did you know there was a Global Hand Washing Day. Hopefully hand washing is every day

Monday 15 October 2012 is 'Global Hand Washing Day'. Killer Fact: More than 400 People die each year in the UK from food poisoning. Protect you and your family by encouraging them to wash their hands before each meal or before preparing food. Not just on Monday but every day.


Food Hygiene and Child Care

If you are a childminder or manage a childcare facility, you are probably gearing up for the influx of more little people this week. Here’s a reminder of how to protect the children in your care from a food safety point of view: . If you have any questions about food safety in a childcare facility, contact our Advice Line on 1890 336677


Product Recall Ballygowan Water

Food Alert

Britvic Ireland withdraws 750ml Still Ballygowan & 1 Litre Still Ballygowan Sports

For the complete alert, click here:


Healthy lunchboxes

Time to start preparing those lunches Information on how to prepare a healthy, varied lunchbox


Always buy from reputable suppliers to keep your HACCP right.

FAQ FRIDAY!! Food Safety Issues in the Catering Sector

Can I use unstamped/ungraded eggs in my cooking or for breakfast?

You shouldn’t use unstamped/ungraded eggs from any source other than your own farm. Unstamped eggs can only legally be sold when produced by a flock that consists of less than 50 hens, above this number of birds, the eggs must be stamped and graded before sale. Unstamped/ungraded eggs from these small food businesses can only be sold directly by the producer to the consumer at local markets or from the farm gate or by door to door sales. They can’t be sold in any way to a catering or retail business. A responsible food business should never use illegal sources of food because legal requirements are implemented to facilitate food safety. If you’re using unstamped eggs from farms other than your own, your supplier may be committing an offence. In circumstances where such eggs are used in ready to eat dishes that are not cooked then your EHO may require you to implement appropriate controls and/or change your supply of eggs.

For more info on ‘Food Safety Issues in the Catering Sector’, click here:


Food Safety Alert Shell Fish

Press Release!! Press Release!!
People Advised to Avoid Collecting Shellfish

If you've recently collected shellfish at the seashore or plan to, then please read our latest press release:


Congratulations to Seline and all the staff at Giggles DayCare. Maintained their Food Hygiene Rating of 5. Pleasure working with them.


Managing portion sizes > Tips > Eat well > weigh2live

Portion size - we get it wrong so many times. Find out below what our portion size should really be Use lower-fat dairy products to get to your healthy weight (but remember that low-fat milk is not suitable for children under two years, and skimmed milk should not be given to children under five years)


Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Four enforcement orders served in Donegal, Louth, Dublin and Galway!!

Click here for the full details of our press release issued today:

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