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A woman was taken to hospital after drinking free coffee in Waitrose that contained cleaning chemicals.

The unnamed woman was referred to a specialist burns unit after being treated by paramedics at the supermarket branch in Lewes, East Sussex. She’d been given the coffee as part of Waitroses’ card membership scheme.

The woman’s husband flagged up what had happened in a post on a community website.

“My wife had a coffee from the machine in Waitrose and maybe they hadn’t rinsed the machine out so she ended up drinking a cup of coffee containing cleaning chemicals and then we both spent the morning in the lovely (not) Brighton A&E,” he wrote.

Paper Hand Towels are more important than we think in fighting the war against the spread of germs.

Damp hands spread up 1,000 times more germs than dry hands. This means that to keep them safe, drying your hands is as important as washing them.

Single-use paper hand towels ensure that hands can be completely dried. No germs are transmitted. Instead, paper hand towels help the actual cleaning process by generating friction.

Paper hand towels are preferred by a significant majority. But most important of all, they offer better protection than other drying options:

  • A single-use paper towel takes only a few seconds to completely dry your hands. A warm-air dryer takes an average of 43 seconds to achieve a 95 per cent dry.
  •  Paper towels are the only option that actually reduces the number of bacteria on your hands (by 77 per cent). Warm and hot air dryers can increase the bacteria on your hands by up to 254 per cent.
  • A soft, single-use facial tissue is recommended when coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Throw it in a wastepaper basket after use.

In Tork dispenser systems, paper consumables are dispensed one at a time to maintain a high standard of hygiene and to control paper consumption.


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A man who supplied raw chicken from a “filthy” illegal meat processing plant in Bristol has avoided a jail term. Unfortunately this man had not heard of our catering supplies and cleaning chemicals.

Kamran Ajaib, 28, used underpants to clean his makeshift butchery, which had no washbasins by work areas and no knife steriliser.

Sixty businesses around Bristol and as far away as west Wales, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire were being served by his company, Hamza Poultry.

Ajaib was given a 12-month suspended sentence and told to pay back £51,703.

The married father of two had admitted breaching eight counts of food hygiene regulations at his unit in Maggs Lane, Fishponds.