Standing up for the UK’s strong food standards
Whether eating out or at home, we expect the food we buy to be safe, clean and properly labelled. The UK’s strong food standards and protections make sure that this is the case.
But as we diverge from the European Union, these protections are at risk of being weakened. Local and national regulators, already stretched to breaking point, face substantial increases to their workloads and responsibilities. We cannot let these standards slip, and we cannot let public protectors go without the resources they need to enforce the rules.
Join our campaign to stand up for strong food standards and the public protectors who enforce them.
How the weakening of food law enforcement is putting people at risk
Local Authority food law staff and the Food Standards Agency work together to make sure our food is safe. They check up on businesses to make sure food is prepared safely, close down dirty kitchens, check food labels for accuracy, and help stop dangerous food bugs like E. coli from spreading.
But after years of cuts, UK food law enforcers are having to do more with less. The number of local food law enforcement staff has fallen by nearly a third since 2009, and checks on food premises have fallen by around 15%. Our investigations have found that these public protectors don’t have the resources they need to keep us safe.
Over fifty thousand food safety checks were missed last year by Local Authorities.
Only 11% of councils managed to carry out all their food checks on time
Between 2016 and 2018, nearly one in five food samples contained undeclared allergens