Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Following my post on Friday about putting food safety reports online for the public to read, I sent an email to our council suggesting that they did this themselves. I have received a reply to my email...

Dear Mr Clynes,

Thank you for your e-mail which concerns the publication of hygiene inspection reports on the Authority's website.

Currently, hygiene inspections reports (subject to certain exemptions) are be made available to members of the public on request under the Freedom on Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.

Consideration is being given to how information can be better provided to the public. This authority operates a food hygiene award scheme and issues a business with a bronze, silver or gold award if the required standards are met during a routine inspection. The authority's website is currently being improved and we are looking at how can publicise the awards issued to local businesses on-line.

A number of initiatives are currently being piloted by different authorities and considering the large resource implications we would like to await their review so we can decide the best course of action.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Coward

Group Leader (Food Safety)
Regulatory Services - Public Protection
Cardiff Council

It is nice to read that councils across our country are thinking about putting these reports online. Hopefully Cardiff follows the example set by Norwich.
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