FSA announces National Food Safety Week

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched National Food Safety Week, with the focus this year being on the work of FSA staff and thousands of others across the food supply chain working behind-the-scenes to ensure that food is safe and what it says it is.

Under the banner of ‘the people who protect your plate’, Food Safety Week is shining a light on the people working to make sure consumers can trust the food on their plates.

This wide range of people includes staff in abattoirs, and inspectors who visit vineyards, warehouses, cutting plants and dairies. The week also features staff who tackle food crime and those who help to keep people living with food allergies and intolerances safe.

Much of this work is done in partnership with local authorities, who are responsible for checking food safety and hygiene in over 600,000 food businesses across the country.

Jason Feeney, chief executive officer of the FSA, says, “The UK has globally respected food standards, and our food and drink is rightly regarded as some of the safest in the world. More than one billion food products are sold every week.

“This week we want to recognise the behind-the-scenes people throughout the food chain who work hard every day of the year to make sure businesses follow the rules and our food standards remain high.”

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