Allergen Aware Primary School St Mary’s has recently undergone an audit that was part of Nourish Contract Catering’s Primary Allergen Authority Strategy which takes the (industry best practice standard) allergen aware scheme across all of its clients.
Nicola Gillick, the manager at St Mary’s, pictured here with Julie Waston and David Kearns (Two of Nourish’s Senior Allergen Advisors)
Nicola and the team presented a professional approach to allergen management that included evidencing their Allergen Accredited framework (detailing their full validated system) that was available in writing for all staff and inspectors to view.
Nicola also provides meals for a neighbouring school. The food service is delivered with a full set of menu and allergens in writing to ensure the recipient school has all the right information!
“A super allergen aware team with a passion for school meals as well as the safe handling of food allergens- a really great example of Food Allergen Customer Excellence”- commented Julian Edwards ceo of the allergy aware scheme.
Nourish is proud to adopt a strict allergy procedure policy whereby safety for customers and staff takes precedent. Any change of ingredients which leads to a change in allergens must be recorded in the designated allergen folder on the ingredient change form which is stored in each unit. This form details and new ingredients used by kitchen staff.
This ensures that all members of the team have a reference of any updates to recipes.
In light of any changes, staff can take precautions accordingly in order to prevent any potential allergy issues.
Managers will always inform kitchen staff of any changes to ingredients.
The allergy folder available in each unit makes it easy for both kitchen staff and senior team members to stay updated on any potential allergy risks. Training for ALL staff is comprehensive and ongoing.
Kitchen staff must address the implications of using new ingredients for consumers.
Should a new ingredient change the allergen content of recipes this must be labelled for consumers to be able to see.
Nourish is a local company which specialises in the provision of catering to educational establishments. We currently look after 80 schools across the Kent and South-East London area.
Small enough to care, yet big enough to deliver, we believe every child deserves a healthy, well-balanced diet, and a freshly prepared meal at school goes a long way to achieving this. Specialising in primary, independent, senior and special schools, Nourish was established in 2003. We pride ourselves on an unrivalled level of care and attention devoted to each individual school.
We are proud to provide in excess of 18,000 meals per day using fresh ingredients to deliver homemade, nutritious food, served with a smile.