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Having good food hygiene means robust local services

Commenting on news today that curries and kebabs have been wrongly described as containing lamb meat, Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health, said: “We need the right people and systems in place at a local level to protect our food chain. Local authorities have been hit hard by cutbacks and that means fewer people to do vital work like inspecting and checking takeaways.
 
“Of course, it’s a positive thing if people make informed choices about the takeaways they might order, but it’s just not good enough to suggest that it’s down to consumers to check where their food comes from. Where does that leave people who have cultural or religious reasons for not eating certain types of food and meat?
 
“When it comes to food hygiene and knowing what’s on our plates, we all need to have faith in the systems that are supposed to protect us. In the UK, we used to have strong systems that were the envy of the world. We need all our trading standards and environmental health services to be fit for purpose.”

Written: 17/04/2014 , last modified: 08/07/2014