Larne Borough Council (BC) 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 a documented procedure for approving establishments subject to Regulation (EC) 853/2004. However, the information contained in the re-approval process was unclear. The name and owner details had changed since approval was granted.
The council had a documented procedure for carrying out food hygiene inspections and a review of the inspection records indicated the inspections were carried out by an appropriately experienced and authorised officer.
Larne BC had a documented food sampling policy and a risk based annual sampling programme which was updated and amended during the year.
Larne BC approved establishment file was organised and records were easily retrievable. However the approved establishment file did not contain sufficient records and detail to support the food business operator's application for approval and describe the activities carried out by the food business operator.
The council had a procedure for the issue of registration documents. At the time of audit, the council had not been required to issue any registration documents.
Larne BC had issued a permanent transport authorisation (PTA) however the details contained in the PTA were not up to date.
The council had a documented procedure for the temporary closure of a shellfish bed which included a requirement for shellfish bed harvester to identify the relevant interested parties for the bed.
Larne BC had no approved fishery product establishments in their area and was not required to implement fishery product charging.
The auditors, in conjunction with an authorised officer from Larne BC, carried out a reality check visit to the approved live bivalve mollusc establishment. The auditors noted the council’s decision to approve the establishment was correct.