THE FOOD WE EAT SHOULD BE SAFE

Whether eating out or at home, we expect the food we buy to be safe, clean and properly labelled. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Left unchecked, dirty kitchens, poorly cooked meat, adulterated food or incorrectly labelled products can have very real consequences for our health.

What’s the problem?

Local Authority food law staff and the Food Standards Agency work together to make sure the food you eat is safe – whether you’re buying food at the supermarket or out for a takeaway. They check up on businesses to make sure food is prepared safely, close down dirty kitchens, and help stop dangerous food bugs like E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobactor from spreading.

But after years of budget reductions, UK food law enforcers are having to do more with less, raising questions about whether they have the resources they need to keep us safe. The number of local food law enforcement staff has fallen by nearly a third since 2009, and checks on food premises have fallen by around 15%.

OUR LATEST INVESTIGATION: OVER FIFTY THOUSAND FOOD HYGIENE CHECKS MISSED EACH YEAR

What can you do?

1) Help us sound the alarm. Write to your MP and ask them to sign our pledge for stronger enforcement of the rules.
2) Sign the petition, started by Unchecked.uk Advisor Steve Nash, calling on the government to keep meat checks independent.
3) Celebrate Environmental Health. Support the campaign by Unchecked.uk supporter, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, which is highlighting the amazing work of Environmental Health officers. Read more here, and get involved here.
4) Share your stories. If you have a food-related story to tell, get in touch.

What’s the problem?

Local Authority food law staff and the Food Standards Agency work together to make sure the food you eat is safe – whether you’re buying food at the supermarket or out for a takeaway. They check up on businesses to make sure food is prepared safely, close down dirty kitchens, and help stop dangerous food bugs like E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobactor from spreading.

But after years of budget reductions, UK food law enforcers are having to do more with less, raising questions about whether they have the resources they need to keep us safe. The number of local food law enforcement staff has fallen by nearly a third since 2009, and checks on food premises have fallen by around 15%.

OUR LATEST INVESTIGATION: OVER FIFTY THOUSAND FOOD HYGIENE CHECKS MISSED EACH YEAR

What can you do?

1) Help us sound the alarm. Write to your MP and ask them to sign our pledge for stronger enforcement of the rules.
2) Sign the petition, started by Unchecked.uk Advisor Steve Nash, calling on the government to keep meat checks independent.
3) Celebrate Environmental Health. Support the campaign by Unchecked.uk supporter, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, which is highlighting the amazing work of Environmental Health officers. Read more here, and get involved here.
4) Share your stories. If you have a food-related story to tell, get in touch.

MEGAN’S STORY

Hyndburn

EDWARD’S STORY

East London

MASON’S STORY

South Wales

GARYN’S STORY

Cynon Valley

JOANNA’S STORY

West London

LAURNA’S STORY

Nuneaton

MARILYN’S STORY

Derbyshire

CORINA’S STORY

Manchester

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