FSA backing Olympic food hygiene
Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has pledged an extra £1.5 million for the inspection of food retailers in and around the London 2012 Olympic Games venues.
This money will be spent on 14,700 inspections, which aim to ensure that the standard of food and drink at the event is beyond reproach.
The extra hygiene inspections will run during the time of the Olympics and Paralympics (from April to September) and will involve training 1,960 businesses at around 960 sites.
The FSA is working with local authorities to ensure quality hygiene and failing food outlets could face improvement notices that could lead to the seizure of unsafe produce, or even closure.
Sarah Appleby, the FSA's Head of Enforcement and Local Authority Delivery, said: "London 2012 is about celebrating everything that the UK has to offer and food is an important part of this.
"We have so much fantastic food to showcase to Games visitors, and we want food business owners to ensure that everything they sell is the best it can be."
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