Initiative launched to support local food industry

Initiative launched to support local food industry

Initiative launched to support local food industry

The Food Standards Agency, alongside Hull City Council, have launched a new ‘Here to Help’ initiative to support the local food industry.

The campaign, launched this week, is offering support and guidance to both established and new businesses.

I will provide food businesses’ with support regarding the various food hygiene and safety rules they need to consider if they have changed their operating model.

Here to Help is aimed at businesses that have had to diversify in order to continue trading during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as well as newly established food businesses.

This comes as after the end of the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ initiative, which provided Hull with a huge economic boost.

Michael Jackson, the FSA’s head of regulatory compliance said:

“We understand how tough it’s been for the food service sector and how hard they have worked to overcome these difficult circumstances.

“At the same time, it’s really important for food businesses to understand the possibility of additional safety risks, introduced by changes they have made; and the steps they must take to address these risks – both for themselves and their customers.

“Working in partnership with Hull City Council, we really want to support businesses in getting it right – which is why our Here to Help guidelines sets out what they need to do, in a practical and easy way.”

Rachel Stephenson, food, health and safety manager at Hull City Council, added:

“We have seen the high fines and reputational damage that can result when a customer is made ill because of poor food safety management in the kitchen, inaccurate allergen information, or poor food hygiene practices.

“That’s why we want to work with the FSA to support the businesses in Hull to ensure they are registering, keeping us informed of changes, providing accurate allergen information and adhering to the rules – to keep their businesses and customers safe.”

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