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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.