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.

Local Authority food law staff and the Food Standards Agency work together to make sure our food is safe. They check up on businesses to make sure food is prepared safely, close down dirty kitchens, check food labels for accuracy, 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%.

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Local Authority food law staff and the Food Standards Agency work together to make sure our food is safe. They check up on businesses to make sure food is prepared safely, close down dirty kitchens, check food labels for accuracy, 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%.

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