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Food Safety

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Most people have a go-to supermarket that they trust will provide them with food and beverages that are safe for consumption. How trusting would you be if the stores were no longer
inspected and the government allowed them to police themselves? I'm guessing not so much.
That's exactly what could happen
in the United Kingdom as its cashstrapped Food Standards Authority
(FSA) proposes ways to cut costs.
The FSA is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK
and works with local authorities to
enforce food safety regulations.
The FSA proposes that "trusted"
retailers be given special permission
to police themselves when it comes to
food safety regulations. But just four
years after the horsemeat scandal,
The Telegraph reports experts describing the move as "the most scandalous government decision on food
safety in recent history."
Tesco, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, was selected to pilot the new plan
and the same supermarket that was at
the center of the horsemeat scandal.
Its inexpensive Everyday Value Beef
Burgers tested at 29.1 percent horse
DNA when all other brands tested had less than 0.3 percent. Would
you trust Tesco to uphold food safety
standards with no regulation? Didn't
think so.
Although mind-boggling as to why
the FSA would look to Tesco as the
first "trusted" supermarket to pilot its
proposal for three months, the authority says there are worse restaurants
and retailers it wants to crack down
on. FSA considers those places to be
the "real threat" to public health and
are more likely to make customers ill.
"Safety will always be at the heart
of what we decide to do," the FSA
said in a statement. "We are pro-

posing a model that continues to use
inspections and visits alongside the
information we can gain from business's data and accredited third-party
audits to ensure that food safety and
authenticity are top of a food business's mind very day - not just on inspection day."
The FSA's current model is to send
local authority inspectors to look at
how businesses are providing as-

surance to customers in relation
to food standards and hygiene, the
website says. "We believe this is a
resource-intensive way to maintain
confidence that food is safe and what
is says it is, and we believe there are
other options also worth exploring as
a means of ensuring consumer protection," the authority says.
The new model could start as early as 2020, allowing retailers that can
prove they meet the standards to be
exempt from visits and allowed to hire
a private firm to do their inspections.
Join the conversation using the
hashtag #foodregulation or emailing
the FSA at FutureDelivery@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk.

The UK's Food Standards Authority proposes "trusted" retailers be allowed to police themselves when it comes to food safety. <<

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