Local authority assessment of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs in food business establishments (Scotland)

These audits will cover the local authority services for the delivery of official controls in relation to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs.

This focused audit will address recommendations 9 and 15 of the Pennington Inquiry Report into the 2005 E. coli O157 outbreak at Bridgend, Wales.

In addition to the general requirements of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004, this programme will focus on the local authorities' training provision to ensure that all officers who check Food Safety Management Systems based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, including those responsible for overseeing the work of those officers, have the necessary knowledge and skills (recommendation 9).

The audits will also check that existing intervention arrangements and processes to assess and enforce HACCP-based food safety requirements in food businesses are adequate, risk-based, and able to effect any changes necessary to secure improvements (recommendation 15).

In addition to assessing compliance levels, identifying any areas where improvements can be made and informing Agency policy, it is anticipated that these audits will be particularly useful in identifying and disseminating good practice related to compliance with Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 and associated food law enforcement issues.

The local authorities will be notified in accordance with the timescale detailed within the audit brief. Notification letters will be sent to the Chief Executive and the Head of Service.