Derby’s regulatory services are successfully taking a tough approach to food safety ensuring residents and visitors can be confident they’re eating at clean, safe and responsible food businesses, say a new report launched by Councillor Baggy Shanker.

The new Food and Feed Enforcement Plan – due to be approved by Council Cabinet at its meeting next Wednesday – shows 87% of food business in Derby have a food hygiene rating of four or above, exceeding the annual target by seven percent.

This is thanks in no small part to the clear support and advice issued by Derby’s Award Winning Food Hygiene Officer during their routine inspections. Already recognised as an example of best practice, the report highlights the service has been nominated for not one, but two national awards, followed by a project report being published by the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO).

Amongst the other successes highlighted in the report was a project undertaken by the Trading Standards team to ensure that Indian sweet shops were meeting additive regulations and preventing contamination of allergens, such as nuts. Where premises were non-compliant, advice was issued by the team which was actively taken on by premises owners.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services said of the review:

“This report highlights the invaluable work that our Trading Standards and Food Safety teams undertake and the great results they achieve, even in challenging situations. Their dedication ensures that our residents and visitors can choose a safe and clean place to eat. We have over 2000 food businesses in the city who all contribute to our local economy and the city’s culture so it is imperative that they all comply with food safety legislation. The Council’s Food and Feed Law Plan for 2016/17 sets out how the Council will protect consumers and promote food safety over the coming year. I am looking forward to accompanying Officers on inspections in the coming weeks to experience first-hand the excellent work that they do – often in the evening at unsociable hours.”

Over the next year Derby’s regulatory services will continue to improve food hygiene and standards and actively lower incidents of non-compliance. The full report can be read on CMIS