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4 Access to food hygiene ratings on the move - free API developed – Govt Open Data Agenda November – 5 Regional User Groups (Experience, Improvements, the future)

5 Olympics – Play it Safe “The sheer scale of London 2012 means that consistent partnership will be required to ensure that the eating experience is safe and hygienic ”


7 Olympics – Play it Safe Food Safety at heart of LOCOG Food Vision Great LA work with food businesses \ suppliers before event – FSA supported: –Additional inspections to check\raise compliance –Funded coaching sessions –ATP\water testing kits –Specific officer training –Central storage (seizure) units –Updates \ Olympic directory\ incident exercises Target was a Safe Games – Achieved ! Legacy – learning, FHRS, confidence, reputation

8 Support for LAs LAs have a crucial consumer protection role FSA priority to support front line delivery Continued guidance \ advice \ liaison – accept we can improve 2011-12, FSA increased its grant funding to LAs. Over £7.5 m for LA food teams covering: –Food \ feed \ imports sampling, feed visits, training, FBO coaching, FHRS, Olympic funding This remains a priority

9 Food Fraud Greater intelligence and targeting key strategic priorities FSA have strengthened Fraud teams Improving links, reports & support for LAs Increasingly generating intelligence for LAs –Aware there are feedback issues Remember - resources (technical and financial) available for investigations \ actions. Please report (5x5x5) intelligence.....intelligence has no value unless you share it !

10 False health marks Fake Champagne LA key role in food fraud Adulterated Basmati Rice False organic claims Illegal harvesting of shellfish Illegal slaughter / Smokies Counterfeit vodka Illegal re-dating


12 Food Safety Week 2012 Theme - ‘Food Safety on a budget’ Positive feedback received on both theme and partnership with Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) Promoting food safety alone does not rock people’s boats, but because we joined with partners to promote several things, we could capture people who would not normally talk to use Imaginative and the best there has been

13 PR and media coverage Generated 204 news items and 35 million WITS*, of which 96% was positive Ten fold increase on 2011 (3.3 million) Approach to PR worked well. FSA should continue to champion the use of social media. Main reason for lack of involvement is lack of resources - FSA will continue to make participation as easy as possible Many LAs (hygiene & standards) did support. *WITS – Weighted Impacts Tallies an industry standard measure that reports the number of opportunities that the public has to see coverage

14 Potential themes for FSW 2013 Food safety risks in the home –Deliver a serious message in an engaging way –‘Tools’ that enable consumers to rate their domestic practices in a similar way to FHRS –Could be used in an educational capacity in schools Food safety from farm to fork (plant to plate) –An opportunity to highlight a variety of areas including: harvesting, washing produce, hand washing, labelling –Create understanding about where food comes from –Opportunity to work with a variety of organisations e.g. schools, garden centres, allotments –Possible tie in to Open Farm Sunday (9 th June) Views ?

15 LAEMS 100 % returns for 2011-12 THANK YOU Enforcement paper \ data, including audit outcomes: publication – 13 th November Data will highlight activity & impact –Improvements –Approaches –Stresses –Feed into COP \ reviews Currently analysing, validating and sense checking

16 Review of Delivery of Official Controls - Food Evaluate the effectiveness of the current official controls delivery model 3 rd Progress Report FSA Board 12 th Sept. Identified evidence sources, defined gaps Designed evidence programme  External data collection underway shortly The Baseline (Assessing the current) The Baseline (Assessing the current) Scoping Improvements & Alternatives Horizon Scanning (Sustainability) Horizon Scanning (Sustainability)

17 Your opportunity to contribute Input needed to inform the review process  Recommendations dependent on data gathered  Use for the review and to FSA in general to support OC delivery. Overview of LA delivery and in-depth study  Online survey launched - September 2012  Case studies starting - October 2012 Research with individual officers  Online forums, asking for nominations

18 The FSA Reviewed & reorganised field (meat) structures Retendered all UK SLAs for FSA contracted out services eg meat, shellfish, eggs, dairy holdings Brought dairy holdings hygiene controls in-house (from AHVLA) –Reduced inspections required (11 K to 3 K per annum) by Earned Recognition of assurance schemes Significant savings \ more consistent, risk based controls Looking for good LA \ FSA Field Ops links - regional teams can help if needed New CEO starting October 2012

19 Current Strategic Issues Feed – paper going to November Board Emerging risks research to help target FSA \ LA activity work Better regulation –Reduce burdens, create environment which promotes growth –Challenge reviews on food sector regulation - generally show controls fit for purpose (FBOs stressed supportive approach – a few issues)

20 Current Strategic Issues Govt Review on Powers of Entry – FSA will seek views Jan 2013 Reducing Regulation Committee scrutinises all Impact Assessments for changes. –Full Cost recovery (meat) & RANS delayed EU 882 review – Commission to issue proposals (to include charging) early next year – watch this space.

21 Regional Contacts Marcia Nightingale – EM \ Y&H Regional Coordinator: 07768776258 Sandra Cockell – EM\ Y&H Deputy Regional Coordinator: 07887451494 John Barnes – 07867537836 (

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