Food safety efforts to protect public

Food safety efforts to protect public Image

Dundee City Council’s work to protect the public through food safety measures will be highlighted to councillors on Monday (February 18).

A report to the community safety and public protection committee explains how the food safety team is working to promote high standards of food safety and hygiene and also to prevent food poisoning across the city.

In the year 2017/18, 86% of 1,500 Dundee food businesses achieved a pass status following an inspection under the Food Hygiene Information Scheme, the highest rate since it started in 2010.

Councillor Alan Ross, committee convener, said: “Through a series of inspections and by providing professional advice, our food safety team are helping more Dundee food businesses than ever meet the highest standards.

“The city has experienced a boom in the number of places to eat that have opened in recent years, and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme gives people reassurances about the standards that businesses meet.

“Our food safety team works extremely hard to keep the public safe and they contribute to the running of major events like festivals and concerts.

“We are not complacent and we will work with our partners to help ensure that problems that do emerge are dealt with and that lessons are learned for the future.”

The Food Safety Service Plan 2019-20 explains that targets within the last plan were met, and the aim is now to further increase the level of compliance being achieved.

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