Cookstown District Council

22-23 March 2011

Executive summary

Cookstown District Council (DC) had a clear 'scheme of delegation' from the council to the Director of Environmental Services. Officers had been authorised correctly in accordance with the Food Law Code of Practice (Northern Ireland).

The council had comprehensive individual training records. The records contained details of annual reviews and detailed planed training for the year ahead.

The council had a documented procedure for approving establishments subject to Regulation (EC) 853/2004. For all establishment files examined approval had been granted within the six months as laid down in Regulation (EC) 882/2004.

Cookstown DC had a documented procedure for carrying out food hygiene inspections. A review of the inspection records showed examples of inspection forms with insufficient detail recorded to indicate all the required areas had been assessed for all three establishments.

Cookstown DC had a documented food sampling policy and a risk based annual sampling programme.

The council establishment files and records were easily retrievable. However two of the three approved establishment files examined contained insufficient records and detail to describe the activities carried out by the FBO.

Cookstown DC had establishments where charges could be levied under the Fishery Products (Official Control Charges) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007. However charges were not being levied by the council at these establishments.

The auditors, in conjunction with two authorised officers from Cookstown DC, carried out reality check visits at two approved establishments. The auditors noted the council's decision to approve both establishments was correct.