Kate Cooper on ‘What it takes to feed a city well” at the CIEH Conference

Jenny Morris is chairing the workshop session at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health which I’m sharing with two EHOs from the Wirral Borough Council, Nicola Pulford and Colin Clayton.

Nicola and Colin led a brilliant project to promote healthy eating that deservedly won lots of awards.

As for what I’m saying: First, workshop attendees can read about what the Birmingham Food Council does in this briefing note.

The rest is a powerpointless talk giving a few stories about the importance of getting it right — get in wrong, and people die, as has happened in sieges down the ages.

And getting it right means having informed decision-making . . . informed by scientific evidence and reality.



FSA Chief Executive Catherine Brown to address our first Annual Meeting

catherinebrownfOn 4th November, Catherine Brown returns to Birmingham to address our first Annual Meeting. Mark Rogers will be chairing.

Registration is via eventbrite here.

It’s timely that Catherine returns to the city. Food safety and integrity is of increasing concern to us all. The FSA recently took an unscheduled audit of Birmingham City Council; our summary of the concerns it raised is here.

Birmingham was the case study of how a major UK city can tackle food crime in the Elliot Review of the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks last year.

In December 2014, Professor Elliott to return to the city to update our Board and invited guests on the national and international picture and Nick Lowe, who leads the food team at Birmingham Environmental Services, to give the local picture. What they said is the basis for our May Update on Food Crime since the Elliott Review.

We’re also running a project to raise food hygiene ratings in the city in collaboration with the Food Safety Group at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Environmental Services. Our initial focus is on care homes, nurseries and schools with scores of 0, 1 or 2. Initial responses have been very positive; we’ll be reporting on this soon.

Our other reports, notably Food & the city economy: Tensions, trade-offs and opportunities and Food insecurity — a city-level response?city economy, food insecuerit are relevant to the FSA requirement to carry out its functions to protect public health from risks which may arise in connection with the consumption of food (including risks caused by the way in which it is produced or supplied) and otherwise to protect the interests of consumers in relation to food.


Nutrition and public health

Food poverty, food insecurity

Food safety and integrity

Urban food growing

Food and the city economy

Global food security

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