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Food Law Complaints

Requested on
Thu 5th July, 2012
Reference
FOI 2107
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. Your policies/ internal guidelines/ procedures for the handling of ‘whistleblowing’ complaints for the purposes of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

2. Your policies/ internal guidelines/ procedures for the handling of complaints relating to breaches of ‘food law’ (as defined by Regulation 178/2002).

3. The number of food business premises registered with your local authority; and the number of approved food business premises within your authority.

4. The total number of disclosures received between 1/1/2006 and 31/12/2010 relating to breaches of ‘food law’ (as defined in Regulation 178/2002), and a breakdown, by year, of when these disclosures were received.

a. Please provide details of whether each individual contacted you on an anonymous, confidential, or self identified basis

b. Please provide a brief summary of the types of concerns raised and the outcomes, and if possible a breakdown, by statutory provision.

c. Whether any action was taken following these disclosures, and in particular whether such disclosures led to formal enforcement action. In the event that formal enforcement action was taken, please provide details of the type of formal action taken.

d. Whether information was passed on to another food authority and specify whether the concern was monitored by you following referral.

5. Whether any information derived from disclosures was received from other regulators (including, but not limited to, the Food Standards Agency and other food authorities (as defined in the Food Safety Act 1990 section 5)).

a. Please provide a brief summary of the types of concerns raised and the outcomes, and if possible a breakdown, by statutory provision.

b. Whether any action was taken following these disclosures, and in particular whether such disclosures led to formal enforcement action. In the event that formal enforcement action was taken, please provide details of the type of formal action taken.

6. Please provide information as to the number of Employment Tribunal claim forms referred to you (for all functions in relation to which you are prescribed) following commencement of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment Regulations) 2010 on 06/04/2010

a. Please provide an overview of the type of organisation the individual works in, the concern raised and the action taken by you (if appropriate). If the information was passed on to another food authority please indicate this and specify whether the concern was monitored by you following referral.

Answer

1.      Your policies/ internal guidelines/ procedures for the handling of ‘whistle blowing’ complaints for the purposes of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. See attached for our Whistleblowing policy

2.      Your policies/ internal guidelines/ procedures for the handling of complaints relating to breaches of ‘food law’ (as defined by Regulation 178/2002). See attachments

3.      The number of food business premises registered with your local authority; 1389
 and the number of approved food business premises within your authority. 6

4.     The total number of disclosures received between 1/1/2006 and 31/12/2010 relating to breaches of ‘food law’ (as defined in Regulation 178/2002), and a breakdown, by year, of when these disclosures were received. Whilst we record all service requests and complaints we do not categorise the source of complaint and therefore do not have any data on disclosures. 

5.      Whether any information derived from disclosures was received from other regulators (including, but not limited to, the Food Standards Agency and other food authorities (as defined in the Food Safety Act 1990 section 5)).  As above

6.      Please provide information as to the number of Employment Tribunal claim forms referred to you (for all functions in relation to which you are prescribed) following commencement of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment Regulations) 2010 on 06/04/2010 – No forms have been referred to our Environmental Health Team who deal with food complaints/food safety.

If you wanted details on Employment Tribunals for the Council as a whole, please let me know.

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