The Food Law Enforcement Plan
Meeting: 14/02/2012 - Cabinet (Item 29)
Report of Paul Claussen, Executive Member for Planning & Environmental Services.
The Executive Member for Planning & Environmental Health introduced this item.
The Principal Environmental Health Officer explained that the food safety function was a statutory role for all local authorities and the delivery of the service was defined by the Food Standards Agency Framework Agreement (2000). This required all Councils to produce and annual Food Law Enforcement Plan describing how the service would be delivered during that year.
A detailed report was provided.
The Executive Member for Internal Services asked how the Plan was monitored and overseen and whether it was looked upon as a potential risk. Members were informed that the Plan was subject to periodic external audits by the Food Standards Agency and not by the Council’s Audit Committee.
The Chairman pointed out that this was one of those traditional documents that all authorities had to complete.
To recommend to Full Council the approved Food Law Enforcement Plan as at Appendix 1 of the report.
Not to approve the Food Law Enforcement Plan.
The Food Law Enforcement Plan was one of the plans and strategies recommended by the Secretary of State to form part of each local authority’s policy framework.
The Council’s Constitution reserved the approval of the Food Law Enforcement Plan to Full Council after consultation with Cabinet.
Central Government held default powers where local authorities failed to effectively undertake their food safety service.
The function was statutory and the range of possible approaches was prescribed by Regulations and Statutory Guidance.
RECOMMEND to Council that the Food Law Enforcement Plan for 2012/13 be adopted.