Food safety, everyone’s business

Published Thursday, 06 June 2019

The first ever World Food Safety Day is on Friday, 7 June and to celebrate East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is highlighting the importance of food safety and helping to remove unsafe food.

While problems are rare, food safety is a growing issue and there are several reasons why food might need to be recalled and removed from the supply chain. Typical issues include inaccurate allergen information on a label or concerns around food poisoning bacteria, such as salmonella.

If there is a recall the team at ENC will work with local food outlets and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to make sure the problem is resolved and the public are not affected further.

Cllr Steven North, Leader at East Northamptonshire Council said “We are very proud to be supporting World Food Safety Day and continue to work with our official partners at the FSA to make unsafe food is recalled.

With a growing number of people suffering from allergies and recent wider media coverage, today is an opportunity to strengthen efforts to ensure the food we eat is safe for everyone.

Food safety is everyone’s business. If you produce, process, sell or prepare food - you have a role to keep it safe. But the general public also needs to be aware of what goes into their food, especially those with existing allergies.

As a council, we would encourage both businesses and the wider public to sign up to the FSA’s food alerts service to get immediate updates when product recalls and allergy alerts are published.”

Dr Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at the FSA said: “We are pleased to play our part in making sure people can trust their food, particularly through working with local authorities and food businesses when a recall is required.

We issued 72 food recalls and 103 allergy alerts in 2018 and we make every effort to make sure we publish our alerts as soon as we can and with information that is both useful and clear. Our advice to people is always based on the best science and evidence available.”

To sign up to the food and allergy alerts, please visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/subscribe