FSA publishes local authority food law enforcement information

The FSA has today published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2014/15.


The information provided by local authorities and compiled by the FSA, gives a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country.

The figures for 2014/15 show a continuing trend of increasing compliance levels across the UK.

David Hart, Head of Local Authority Enforcement and Policy Unit, said: 'I am pleased to see that the figures this year show business hygiene compliance levels are continuing to improve with 93.0% now broadly compliant with hygiene law - this equates to having a food hygiene rating of 3, 4 or 5. The improvement in broad compliance levels was seen in all four countries.'

In Wales the improvement has been more pronounced, increasing over the past three years to 94% from 88% in 2012/13.

For Northern Ireland, the returns covered only the first three quarters of 2014/15. This was agreed, in view of the need for local authorities to focus on preparations for the local government reorganisation, effective from 1 April 2015.

The trend for local authorities to target food hygiene and standards activities at higher risk establishments, rather than carrying out due interventions at lower risk establishments, has continued across the UK. There was a slight reduction in interventions overall - down by 0.8% on the number reported in 2013/14. And there was a further reduction in local authority professional staffing levels - down 3.9% on 2013/14 levels.

The statistics in the report will help the FSA consider how best to support its local authority partners.

Background

The FSA monitors local authority performance through Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System (LAEMS) returns and reports on an annual basis.

The Framework Agreement on the Delivery of Official Feed and Food Controls by local authorities is the mechanism by which the FSA sets out the standards for local authority food law services, which includes the FSA’s monitoring and audit processes. Details on the Framework Agreement can be found in the section below.

LAEMS is a web-based system to which local authorities are able to upload data generated from the local system(s) on which they record data on food law enforcement activities. Further details can be found in the section below.

Once uploaded to LAEMS, the local authority data is aggregated to the pre-defined categories required by the FSA eg interventions, sampling and enforcement.

Individual local authority data is published online and can be found via the links below.

Ref: http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2015/

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