Food Law News - UK - 2002

FSA News Item, 24 June 2002

ENFORCEMENT - Food enforcers taste success after audits praise their work

Consumers eating out, grabbing a takeaway or buying their weekly groceries in Orkney and Aberdeen are well protected according to two reports published by the Food Standards Agency Scotland today (24 June 2002).

The in-depth audits of Aberdeen City and Orkney Islands councils have been carried out by the Agency as part of a national drive to improve standards of consumer protection. The findings of the auditors were encouraging in both cases.

Jim Thomson, Assistant Director, Food Standards Agency Scotland, said:
'Food safety enforcement officers are the front line troops in protecting consumers from poor hygiene standards and it is vitally important that they carry out their duties effectively.

'The teams at Aberdeen City and Orkney Islands councils have demonstrated a good level of food law enforcement and are committed to an ethos of continuous improvement.'

All 32 councils in Scotland are being audited as part of a three-year rolling programme that aims to improve consistency and tackle any problems hindering effective enforcement.

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