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FSA Food Law Enforcement Information Published

October 28, 2014

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released its 2013/14 report on local authority food law enforcement. Covering the period from 1st April 2013 until 31st March 2014, the document is compiled from the Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring Systems (LAEMS) returns submitted by 434 local authorities and port health authorities.

A total of 524,491 interventions were undertaken in the period, a slight decrease of 0.2% on the previous 12 months. There was however a 1% increase in enforcement actions carried out, while prosecutions went up from 398 to 407. LA’s also dealt with 70,522 consumer complaints, with the level of broad compliance with the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme increasing slightly to 91.7%.

The figures were welcomed by John Barnes, the FSA’s Head of Local Delivery, who said, “These are very positive developments and it’s good to see that local authorities are continuing to target their work in the face of lower staffing levels, which have continued to fall and which reduced by 3.2% in 2013/14 compared with the previous year. We’re very aware of staffing pressures at local authorities and we are working with senior colleagues across the UK to ensure that effective controls are in place to protect both local consumers and legitimate food businesses.”

You can view the full report here