Decision details

Food & Health and Safety Enforcement Workplan 2022/23

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for People & Safer Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To note the progress made on food and health and safety related enforcement during 2021/22 and the ongoing recovery of the service delivery following the Covid-19 pandemic and to seek approval for the Work Plan for Food and Health and Safety Enforcement for 2022/23.

Decision:

That the progress made on the food and health and safety related enforcement during 2021/22 and the ongoing recovery of service delivery following the Covid-19 pandemic is noted.

 

That the Work Plan for Food and Health and Safety Enforcement for 2022/23 is approved.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council has a duty to produce a work plan for food and health and safety enforcement under the FSA Framework Agreement and HSE National Local Authority Enforcement Code.

 

Alternative options considered:

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) requires each Local Authority to produce an annual Food Work Plan in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Agency’s Framework Agreement on Local Authority Food Law Enforcement. This document dictates the structure and content of the workplan.

 

The FSA use the information contained in the plan to assess the Council’s delivery of the service and compare performance against other authorities. The FSA has powers to take over the management of the food service from local authorities who fail to meet performance standards.

 

The workplan is predominantly produced to satisfy the requirements of the FSA, but also demonstrates how the Council will comply with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) National Local Authority Enforcement Code and incorporates work undertaken on other associated activities, including infectious disease control and the regulation of private water supplies.

 

On 26 May 2021, the FSA Board approved its Covid-19 Local Authority Recovery Plan which highlighted the pressures that the pandemic placed on Local Authority food teams, as well as the impacts of changes in the hospitality sector and wider food industry. The Council continues to meet the delivery plan milestones set out by the FSA.  This recovery phase runs through to 2023/24.

 

Publication date: 09/08/2022

Date of decision: 08/08/2022

Effective from: 17/08/2022

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