Harrow in bottom ten for food safety enforcement

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Harrow has been ranked as one of the worst authorities in the country for food safety.

Following an investigation by consumer magazine Which? of 395 authorities across the UK, Harrow was placed in the bottom ten for food safety enforcement.

Of the 372 establishments deemed to be non-compliant with food standards, less than 50 per cent have had action taken against them by Harrow Borough Council.

The study, based on data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), also shows overall food testing for the whole country fell by 6.8 per cent from the previous year.

Richard Lloyd of Which? said: “No one wants another horsemeat fiasco, so it is very worrying that local authority food checks are in decline.

“We want to see a more strategic approach to food law enforcement that makes the best use of limited resources and responds effectively to the huge challenges facing the food supply chain.”

In response to the findings, leader of the council Councillor Susan Hall said: “While we believe we have enforced against the worst offenders, clearly this assessment by Which is a concern.

“Last autumn I ordered a review of the service and as a result of that we are recruiting more food hygiene officers to carry out inspections.”

A council spokeswoman added the data includes 107 low risk premises, which the authority wrote to with advice and guidance, rather than carrying out an inspection.

She added this is common practice supported by the FSA and the council will continue to review these premises and take further action if necessary.

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11:57am Wed 15 Jan 14

Husain Akhtar says...

Not surprised:

• The breakaway tiny ‘Independent Labour Group’ snatched the council administration from Labour with the support of the Tory group
• Few months later the Tories grabbed the council administration with the support of the ‘Independent Labour Group’ in a highly controversial process
• Three different council administrations and cabinets within a short period last year and the chief executive of the council resigned

All have to have impact on the council services!
Not surprised: • The breakaway tiny ‘Independent Labour Group’ snatched the council administration from Labour with the support of the Tory group • Few months later the Tories grabbed the council administration with the support of the ‘Independent Labour Group’ in a highly controversial process • Three different council administrations and cabinets within a short period last year and the chief executive of the council resigned All have to have impact on the council services! Husain Akhtar
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Thu 16 Jan 14

SeaBee says...

Mr Akhtar, the rot set in long before the nights of the short knives (both Mks 1 and 2).
Mr Akhtar, the rot set in long before the nights of the short knives (both Mks 1 and 2). SeaBee
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

This is a matter of some concern for Harrow's public.One hopes the Council will see fit to have as many food hygiene officials as it can afford to get out and correct this unacceptable situation at the earliest possible.

We must make sure that Harrow's eating places are fit for purpose, so that local folk and visitors to our borough can eat with peace of mind,happy in the knowledge that they are safe and healthy.It is a challenge well worth taking on.
This is a matter of some concern for Harrow's public.One hopes the Council will see fit to have as many food hygiene officials as it can afford to get out and correct this unacceptable situation at the earliest possible. We must make sure that Harrow's eating places are fit for purpose, so that local folk and visitors to our borough can eat with peace of mind,happy in the knowledge that they are safe and healthy.It is a challenge well worth taking on. Sonoo Malkani
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1:54pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Paul Osborn says...

Husain Akhtar wrote:
Not surprised:

• The breakaway tiny ‘Independent Labour Group’ snatched the council administration from Labour with the support of the Tory group
• Few months later the Tories grabbed the council administration with the support of the ‘Independent Labour Group’ in a highly controversial process
• Three different council administrations and cabinets within a short period last year and the chief executive of the council resigned

All have to have impact on the council services!
Except, this survey was based on 2012/2013 data (i.e. from April 2012 to April 2013). When Labour were in charge, during the period you joined the Labour Group and before you left the Labour Group to help form the Independent Labour Group.
[quote][p][bold]Husain Akhtar[/bold] wrote: Not surprised: • The breakaway tiny ‘Independent Labour Group’ snatched the council administration from Labour with the support of the Tory group • Few months later the Tories grabbed the council administration with the support of the ‘Independent Labour Group’ in a highly controversial process • Three different council administrations and cabinets within a short period last year and the chief executive of the council resigned All have to have impact on the council services![/p][/quote]Except, this survey was based on 2012/2013 data (i.e. from April 2012 to April 2013). When Labour were in charge, during the period you joined the Labour Group and before you left the Labour Group to help form the Independent Labour Group. Paul Osborn
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