Last updated: 18/09/2013
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Over 7500 businesses in Cornwall deal with food in
some way. Our job is to support businesses to help them ensure they
handle food safely and hygienically so that consumers don't come to
Food Safety Officers within Cornwall Council carry out the
1. Programmed food hygiene inspections of all registered food
premises in accordance with the minimum frequencies determined by
the Code of Practice.
2. Revisits to check compliance following an inspection or the
service of notices.
3. Enforcement activity including written warnings, improvement
notices, formal cautions, etc. All enforcement action is
undertaken in accordance with Public Health
and Protection's Enforcement Policy
4. Investigations of complaints relating to the conditions of
food premises and the fitness of food.
5. The provision of information and advice to local businesses
and the public.
6. Response to food alerts issued under the legislation and in
accordance with the Code of Practice.
7. Response to and investigation of, where appropriate, all
notifications or unconfirmed reports of food poisoning and food
8. Microbiological sampling of food in accordance with LACORS
co-ordinated sampling surveys and local food sub-group
9. The disposal of unfit food using voluntary surrender or
10. The provision of training in partnership with local colleges
on food safety matters.
11. The maintenance of a daily presence at fish markets whilst
the sale of fish is undertaken.
12. During the inspection of food premises or investigation of
complaints, officers will give due consideration to imported food
issues including any appropriate documentation, identification and
physical checks on imported foods, and where appropriate
We have produced a number of guidance leaflets on various issues
relating to food hygiene. These are available by contacting us on
0300 1234 212 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other organisations monitoring food safety
Following an act of parliament in 2000, the Government set up
the Food Standards Agency. This is an
independent watchdog intended to protect public health and consumer
interests in relation to food. Their website contains lots of
useful information and advice, including many free
Food standards matters, such as labelling and composition are
dealt with by the Trading Standards Department of Cornwall
Council. We are able to pass on details of food standards
complaints on your behalf.
The Chartered Institute of Environmental
Health (CIEH) promotes knowledge and understanding of
environmental health issues. Their website contains information and
advice on various food safety issues and training.