Food Safety Week: Who the professionals are at Food Alert helping businesses meet food, fire and health safety regulatory requirements

Food Alert is a leading safety consultancy and technology firm.

Established in 1990, we provide food safety, health & safety and fire safety services, training, compliance and auditing software to businesses across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Our clients operate within a number of sectors including hospitality, retail, leisure, manufacturing and education. They range from small single site businesses through to large multi-site organisations with a global presence.

We work in close partnership with our clients to ensure their businesses meet regulatory requirements, whilst helping them to streamline safety management processes, reduce risk and operational costs.


 David Bashford

Managing Director Client Services

David originally studied Food Technology at London South Bank University. His first job was as Quality Assurance Manager at Elmdale Foods, a frozen food manufacturer supplying hospitals, schools and prisons.  Whilst there he carried out regular food safety audits of the operation and liaised closely with customers to ensure their expectations were being met.

After three years in this role he decided to further his career by moving to Traveller’s Fare, who were later acquired by Compass Catering. He was responsible for auditing their station catering facilities, reviewing both premises and suppliers. After a further three years David moved to Selfridges, becoming their first Technical Manager. He was responsible for food safety within their food halls and restaurants - carrying out regular safety audits, monitoring standards and vetting their artisan suppliers.

Food Alert were a supplier to Selfridges and after forming a strong working relationship, Peter Christopher-Ohrt, one of Food Alert’s founders, asked David to join the business. After over six years working for Selfridges he accepted and moved to Food Alert in 1999.

David initially delivered safety audits and training for Food Alert before being promoted to manage the Consultants Team and the company’s largest group client. He subsequently moved into business and service development and became a Director in 2010. He is now Managing Director Client Services and is responsible for business development, service delivery and product development.

Peter Christopher-Ohrt

Managing Director Technical Services

Peter trained and worked as a Senior Environmental Health Officer with The London Borough of Tower Hamlets for eleven years. He then moved onto the London Borough of Hounslow as Principal Environmental Health Officer for the Food Section. Peter’s main duties included heading up the food safety enforcement team and taking personal control of Heathrow flight catering units, the Roux sous-vide production plant (the first in the UK), the department’s laboratory and hospital catering. 

During his time at Hounslow Peter was fundamental in the setting up an Enforcement Agency’s Co-ordination Group on flight catering, drafting the UK flight caterer’s food safety guidance. 

Peter left the London Borough of Hounslow in 1990 to co-found Food Alert. 

Peter has made TV and radio appearances as well as being a speaker at National Conferences, acted as Expert Witness in legal cases and was Chair of the Royal Society of Health’s ‘Health and Safety Moderation Panel’.

He is currently a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, an OSHCR-approved Health & Safety Consultant and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health. He remains hands-on with clients as well as being Managing Director Technical Services for Food Alert for the last 27 years.


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