1 In 5 UK Eateries ‘Failing Food Hygiene Standards’
As a food business, it’s absolutely essential that you do comply with food hygiene standards and regulations, or you could find that you’re slapped with a hefty fine or even forced to close your business down altogether.
New research from consumer watchdog Which? has just revealed that one in five food establishments in the UK do not comply with these standards, however, which should certainly give you pause for thought. Are you doing all you can to ensure certain levels of hygiene or is there more that needs to be done?
The group has come up with a list of the best and worst-performing local authorities in the country for food hygiene, noting that it can be very hard for cities to ensure compliance if they have a lot of food businesses in the area.
It’s important to remember that it is your company’s responsibility to comply with hygiene laws, even if your local authority is finding it hard to enforce standards because of increases in food crime, complex international food supply chains and budget cuts.
The best local authorities in the UK for food hygiene were found to be Erewash, Eden, Brentwood, West Dorset, Sunderland, Basingstoke and Deane, the Orkney Islands, North Dorset, North Devon and Hartlepool.
In contrast, the worst-performing councils were revealed as being Hyndburn, Birmingham, Newham, Ealing, Lewisham, Camden, Bristol, Edinburgh, the Isles of Scilly and Manchester.
Which? managing director of home services Alex Neill commented on the results, saying: “People expect their food to be safe, but there is clearly still work to be done. As we prepare to leave the EU, the government and regulators need to ensure that there is a robust, independent system of enforcement in place to give people confidence that the food they’re eating is hygienic.”
Earlier this month, Food Standards Scotland looked into consumer opinions relating to the current food safety regulations that are in place, revealing that people appear to be highly satisfied with it and are not especially interested in changes being pushed through. This result indicates that the government needs to work out how to prepare for engagement with people on issues that affect the regulation of food.
It was also found that there was a “strong desire” among consumers to see no drop in standards or regulations in the UK when we leave the EU, since this could put public health at risk and also be both costly and disruptive to businesses.
Theresa May has today (March 29th) finally triggered Article 50 by writing a letter to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, giving official notice that the UK will begin to depart the EU. According to the BBC, the prime minister will promise in a speech to MPs to represent every single person in the UK during the Brexit negotiations, including EU nationals.
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