CIEH Supports Food Safety Inspectors in Clash with Celebrity Chef

Publication Date: 28th September 2017

Subject: Food safety

Following the news that celebrity chef Mark Sargeant has become engaged in a row with food safety inspectors over the safe cooking of pink chicken livers, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health made it clear that they were completely behind the inspectors.

Following criticism of his methods, the chef has seen one of his restaurants lose its top food hygiene rating, with inspectors highlighting that time and temperature combinations were not followed and temperatures not routinely monitored.

Mr Sargeant has expressed his dismay with the decision and has already requested further inspection in an attempt to have his rating restored.

Responding to the news, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at the CIEH, said:

“Chicken liver has a high risk of contamination and is in need of thorough cooking to ensure that it is safe to eat. As such, the food safety inspectors were absolutely right to focus on this as an area of concern and to remove the restaurant’s top hygiene rating.

The Food Safety Authority is very clear about the standards for cooking chicken liver, as they are about the dangers of serving rare burgers. Something Mr Sargeant should be fully aware of.

The inspectors should be commended for doing their job and for keeping public safety at the forefront of their work.

We hope that Mr Sargeant will now amend his methods and follow the guidelines.”


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