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Food safety, everyone’s business

Published Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Friday (7 June) is the first ever World Food Safety Day and to celebrate Wellingborough Council is highlighting the work of its food safety team.

The team help to ensure all food prepared and sold in the borough is safe, but also where necessary to remove food that is unsafe from sale.

While problems are rare, there are several reasons why food might need to be recalled. For example, if the allergen information on a label is inaccurate, or if there are concerns around food poisoning bacteria such as salmonella.

If there is a recall the team at Wellingborough Council will work with the food businesses and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to make sure the product is removed from the shelves and recalled.

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “We’re delighted to support World Food Safety Day.  Food Safety is everyone’s business, whether you produce, process, sell or prepare food, then you have a role in keeping it safe.

“Our team work with businesses to ensure that any unsafe food products are recalled and make sure that businesses meet food safety standards. I would everyone 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 Food Standards Agency, 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.”

Sign up to the food alerts and allergy alerts, so you can be the first to hear if there is a recall. https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/subscribe

FSA Explains

A recall is when unsafe food is removed from the supply chain and consumers are advised to take appropriate action, for example, to return or dispose of the unsafe food.