Waltham Forest rated low for ensuring food is safe for consumption

Food safety enforcement in borough among worst in UK

Food safety enforcement in borough among worst in UK

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Food safety enforcement in Waltham Forest is among the worst in the UK, research has found.

Research by consumer organisation Which? rated the council 344th out of 395 local authorities for effectiveness in tackling poor hygiene in shops, restaurants and takeaways.

Data submitted by councils to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) showed the number of business complying with regulations to protect the public, the percentage of new outlets which had not been given a risk rating and the number required inspections which were not carried out.

There are 1,903 food establishments in Waltham Forest, with 92.5 per cent rated for risk by the council while 73.9 of those rated as high or medium risk were found “broadly compliant” with regulations.

In November fast-food takeaway QFC in Wood Street, Walthamstow, which was described by a council inspector as “the filthiest premises I have seen in a long time” was re-opened one week after being shut down to protect the public.

In August Aadams Bagel Bakery in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, was closed by officers for the second time in nine months after rats and mice were discovered on site.

Across the UK, the number of food safety checks carried out by councils fell in 2013 and one in 10 did no tests ensuring products contained what is stated on the label, researchers found.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: “We want to see a more strategic approach to food law enforcement that makes the best use of limited resources and responds effectively to the huge challenges facing the supply chain.”

The council has been contacted for comment.

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12:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Just like crime here - Those on the council prefer to line their pockets and swerve work than protect the public.

But i suppose that's how looney councils have always worked.

Keep paying your taxes folks - after all, it's only Cockroaches and Salmonella!
Just like crime here - Those on the council prefer to line their pockets and swerve work than protect the public. But i suppose that's how looney councils have always worked. Keep paying your taxes folks - after all, it's only Cockroaches and Salmonella! G_Whiz
  • Score: 10

12:50pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jackblack007 says...

all take aways and restaurants should have their kitchens and food prep areas visible .
all take aways and restaurants should have their kitchens and food prep areas visible . jackblack007
  • Score: 12

3:21pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

How safe can a system be where any Tom, Dick or Harry can open a food outlet without any previous experience or food hygiene certification and serve the unsuspecting public. When they are visited all this can be obtained retrospectively, it seems a very perilous risky business and the public are the potential victims of this negligence.
How safe can a system be where any Tom, Dick or Harry can open a food outlet without any previous experience or food hygiene certification and serve the unsuspecting public. When they are visited all this can be obtained retrospectively, it seems a very perilous risky business and the public are the potential victims of this negligence. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

3:43pm Mon 20 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

Any premises found wanting in hygiene should be immediately closed down, ALL staff, plus owner, made to attend extended food hygiene courses at their own expense, and the premises only allowed to reopen when it passes a thorough inspection. A second offence by the same owner should result in a permanent ban on running a food outlet. Third world hygiene practices cannot be allowed to flourish in the UK. See the main press for 2 such cases in Oldham.
Any premises found wanting in hygiene should be immediately closed down, ALL staff, plus owner, made to attend extended food hygiene courses at their own expense, and the premises only allowed to reopen when it passes a thorough inspection. A second offence by the same owner should result in a permanent ban on running a food outlet. Third world hygiene practices cannot be allowed to flourish in the UK. See the main press for 2 such cases in Oldham. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 10

5:45pm Mon 20 Jan 14

NTiratsoo says...

Rather a blow for Cllr. Loakes, I'd have thought.

He's always quick to comment when dirty premises get closed down.

But now the truth is out: despite his posturing, LBWF is actually rather poor at enforcing the relevant laws.
Rather a blow for Cllr. Loakes, I'd have thought. He's always quick to comment when dirty premises get closed down. But now the truth is out: despite his posturing, LBWF is actually rather poor at enforcing the relevant laws. NTiratsoo
  • Score: 5

9:29am Tue 21 Jan 14

driftingcowboy says...

One only needs to look at most fast-food and other 'restaurants' from the outside to realise what they must be like on the inside. Personally, I wouldn't eat a take-away from any fast food outlet even if I got it for nothing. Ugly signage, dirty windows, dirty and ugly counters and then look at the ingredients that arrive in plastic containers, boxes, etc. out of the backs of vans with no refrigeration, etc. The owners/operators won't even sweep up outside their premises. There are way too many of them in the borough (and other boroughs) and all they're offering is junk food, sugary drinks and litter.
One only needs to look at most fast-food and other 'restaurants' from the outside to realise what they must be like on the inside. Personally, I wouldn't eat a take-away from any fast food outlet even if I got it for nothing. Ugly signage, dirty windows, dirty and ugly counters and then look at the ingredients that arrive in plastic containers, boxes, etc. out of the backs of vans with no refrigeration, etc. The owners/operators won't even sweep up outside their premises. There are way too many of them in the borough (and other boroughs) and all they're offering is junk food, sugary drinks and litter. driftingcowboy
  • Score: 6

1:03pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Walthamster says...

Is anyone surprised? Remember the halal butcher in Walthamstow High Street that went on trading for years with pigeons flying in and out of the broken windows upstairs and bird poo piling up?
http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/news/55
4942.print/

But don't you dare let a customer reuse one of your cardboard boxes, or Clyde Loakes will take you to court!
http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/news/wf
news/9267222.print/
Is anyone surprised? Remember the halal butcher in Walthamstow High Street that went on trading for years with pigeons flying in and out of the broken windows upstairs and bird poo piling up? http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/55 4942.print/ But don't you dare let a customer reuse one of your cardboard boxes, or Clyde Loakes will take you to court! http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/wf news/9267222.print/ Walthamster
  • Score: 4

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