GOSPORT BOROUGH COUNCIL FOOD SAMPLING POLICY
Section 6 of the FOOD LAW Practice Guidance (England) concerns the procedures that should be followed when food samples are procured under Regulaton 12 of the Food Hygiene (England) Regualtions 2006 or Section 29 of the Food Safety Act 1990, and the associated requirements of the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 1990.
Microbiological food sampling is used by Gosport Borough Council as part of a planned approach to gather information about the microbiological quality and possible presence of harmful micro organisms in particular foods that are produced, sold and used locally.
The main aims and objectives of food sampling are to:
- Protect the consumer through the enforcement of food legislation and the encouragement of fair trading;
- Identify foods that pose a hazard to the consumer because they contain significant levels of pathogenic bacteria;
- Identify any contraventions of food safety legislation, e.g. Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.
- To help evaluate temperature control, food handling and processing practices at food premises in relation to hazard analysis (and where relevant HACCP) requirements;
- To help determine whether advice or enforcement action would be appropriate where it is suspected that poor practices and procedures exist;
- Give advice and guidance, if appropriate, on food hygiene matters;
- Assess the microbiological quality of food manufactured, distributed or retailed in an authority’s area.
These aims and objectives are achieved through sampling in the following situations:
- Coordinated programmed surveillance sampling with other local authorities (Wessex Shopping Basket).
- Participation in the LACORS/PHLS voluntary coordinated sampling programme.
- Coordinated programmed surveillance sampling with other local authorities.
- Sampling related to local products/events/initiatives concerning an issue particularly relevant within the authority.
- The use of sampling as part of a food hygiene inspection (to help assess hygiene standards and procedures).
- Sampling at food contamination and food poisoning incidents.
- Sampling in relation to food complaints.
- Sampling of imported food (if any) (particularly third country imports).
- Sampling at premises for which we are the home/originating authority (e.g. final product and critical control point monitoring).
- Making sure we avoid unnecessary duplication with Port Health or Home Authroities.
- Food sampling defined by statute (e.g. shellfish).
- Participation in EU coordinated control programmes.
- Authorities obligations under the framework agreement, and where applicable, integration with the Hampshire County Councils policy and programme for the taking of samples for food standards purposes.
If you would like further information on the sampling program please call (023) 9254 5505, 5506 or 5507 during office hours or visit us at the Town Hall, High Street, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 1EB.
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