Local authorities are responsible for ensuring that businesses sell food which is safe, clean and fit to eat. All premises that prepare, produce, cook or sell food must comply with strict hygiene standards. Food hygiene controls aim to minimise the risk to consumers of food borne infections.
Food hygiene enforcers can also help local people to make informed choices when purchasing food, and take the right steps when preparing thier own food and so reduce the risk of them developing food borne illnesses in the future.
Food enforcers take a variety of approaches to improving food safety; from inspecting food businesses; to educating local groups. Food Vision has a number of case studies which show the wide range of methods councils take to put thier safer food message across.