Last updated on 31 May 2012
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The Food Standards Agency has entered the home straight in its aim to ensure that food bought, cooked and eaten during London 2012 is safe. You can read all about it in the May edition of FSA eNews.
The Agency has produced food hygiene training videos and a toolkit for food businesses, funded the training of 20 additional food inspectors, and arranged for suitable storage capacity for seized or unsafe food.
You can also find out more about plans to make the display of food hygiene ratings mandatory. Currently, food businesses in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland do not need to display their food hygiene rating. The FSA Board has agreed unanimously to look at making it mandatory (the Welsh Assembly has already agreed that rating displays should be mandatory).
As well as making it easier for consumers to use rating schemes to choose where to eat, the Agency is looking at how to make in-store choices of healthier foods simpler. A consultation has been launched to look at front-of-pack nutrition labelling by the FSA in Scotland and in Northern Ireland, and by the Department of Health in England and the Welsh Government. The consultation runs until 6 August 2012.
Two new FSA appointments have been announced. Tim Bennett is now Deputy Chair of the FSA Board, after serving as interim Deputy Chair since May 2011. Jim Wildgoose, who has been a Board member for Scotland since 2011, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Scottish Food Advisory Committee.
A moratorium on using desinewed meat (DSM) from pigs and poultry came into effect on 26 May. The Agency has produced guidance to help meat processors comply with the new law.
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