The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a live map which links to an FSA and local authorities’ database of successful food standards, food hygiene and food safety related prosecutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The database gives details of local authority food hygiene and food safety prosecutions outlining where and how food businesses have breached regulations.
The new map is being published to highlight the number and type of successful fines levied and allows local authorities to share intelligence.
Rod Ainsworth, Director of Regulatory and Legal Strategy at the FSA, said: ‘We want businesses to understand how important it is not to flout the rules which are there to protect public health. If they do then both we and local authorities will take action against them. Publication of this information also lets local authorities share intelligence to get a better understanding of where and how food hygiene and safety breaches occur.
“This information will also be useful to consumers and businesses when choosing suppliers. General Food Law is there to keep consumers safe. Like our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, we want the prosecutions database to empower consumers and businesses alike to vote with their feet and avoid those that are not following rules.”
From information going back to 1 April this year, there have been, as at today, a total of 419 prosecutions in total. Just over 1 in 4 food law breaches (26%) related to cleaning offences where food enforcement officers found there was a failure by businesses to keep premises or equipment clean. Other common food law breaches included unfit food on premises, a lack of hand washing facilities and food safety training as well as pest control issues.