MP hosts launch of Play It Safe Campaign

Neil Parish joins Food Standards Agency to promote food safety during the Olympic Games.

Food safety regulations, which aim to keep people safe during the Olympic Games, have been unveiled by local NP Neil Parish in Parliament.

He hosted the launch of the Play It Safe campaign, held during national Food Safety Week, with The Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Mr Parish told the Midweek Herald: “Food safety is a very important issue and the UK has an Olympian task ahead in demonstrating we are world leaders when it comes to protecting public health in relation to food.”

The FSA has been working with partners since 2008 to develop and enforce food safety regulations for the Olympics.

Preparations have included grants to 35 local authorities in Olympic ‘host’ boroughs to improve business compliance, an extra 16,000 inspections of food businesses in the run-up to the games and one-to-one food safety coaching for around 2,000 businesses within Olympic host boroughs and Live Sites.

Separately, as part of efforts to crackdown on illegal and non-compliant food, three depots will be used to store food, mobile food vans and equipment seized during the sporting event.

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A series of exercises have been staged to firm up the FSA’s emergency response and contingency plans in the unlikely event of a high-level crisis.

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