Women's Institute bakers banned from providing their local hospice with homemade cakes due to health and safety concernsThe Women's Institute, an organisation known for their baking talents and generosity, have been banned from making cakes for a local hospice. The Leicestershire and Rutland WI was told by the Loros (Leicestershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief of Suffering) that they were no longer able to accept cakes from members - unless the kitchen used had been given a hygiene certificate from the local authorities. Though the WI have been baking for the hospice for 40 years, the Loros facilities and operations manager Helen Williams commented:
"If we don't comply with [Environmental Health's] report then we could risk jeopardising our own food rating certificate here at Loros. We have loved receiving donations from so many generous supporters, just like the WI, but unfortunately, this is a decision made by the local authority, not by our organisation."The ban on accepting homemade bakes follows an inspection of the Loros hospice kitchens - which hold a five-star hygiene rating - where staff were advised their food rating could be jeopardised by accepting food not made in their own kitchens. Leicester City Council have said:
"To comply with current food safety regulations, the cake maker that supplies the snack bar must be registered with the council as a food establishment. This process is simple, free of charge and registration cannot be refused."Though WI members are still upset by the situation, with one anonymous baker commenting:
"It's health and safety gone mad."
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