UK regulator to survey hygiene compliance

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Food standards agency, Food safety, European union

The UK's Food Standards Agency has launched a survey to determine
whether processors and others are complying with the EU's hygiene
regulations.

The data would be used to compare the standards now to the results of a similar 2005 survey. The FSA could then decide whether tougher measures are needed or not to force processors and other food establishments to compy. "We are doing this so we can assess the impact that the recent legislation changes have had on UK food establishments,"​ the FSA stated. "We would also like to see the impact that agency initiatives to improve legislative compliance like Safer Food Better Business have had." ​The survey would be completed through inspection reports by local government authorities, who are responsible for food safety in each district of the UK. In 2005, 316 local authorities, or 73 per cent of the total, returned questionnaires based on their inspections, on a total of about 5,000 food premises. These include processors, caterers, restaurants and fast-food shops. Ablout 13 per cent showed major non-compliance with statutory hygiene obligations, the FSA stated. Another 46 per cent did not comply with either statutory requirements or industry codes of practice. About 7.2 per cent of the premises inspected were considered to present a 'high' risk to the public. At the time of the survey, 39 per cent of businesses were considered to have fully satisfactory documentation of food safety management procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). Before 1 January 2006, maintaining documentation was voluntary, but the requirement to document HACCP has since become compulsory under the 2006 EC Hygiene Regulations. The deadline for responses to the new survey is 30 November 2007. The FSA plans to publish the report by summer 2008.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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