Around Ealing Spring 2014 - Page 14

FOOD HYGIENE Matthew Morris tests some fish at Harry’s Fish Bar An inspector calls Recent negative headlines about certain takeaway meats have reignited interest in knowing where meals come from. But most food businesses in the borough carefully follow hygiene rules, as Neelum Bains reports. O fficers in the council’s food safety team make it their business to know what is being manufactured and sold locally. There are more than 3,000 food businesses in the borough and the team carries out routine inspections of all types – from corner shops to restaurants, and from takeaways to large food manufacturers that supply food on a national and international scale. It is also responsible for investigating complaints from the public about food they have bought or eaten, and food poisoning outbreaks. “Our priority is to get the borough’s food businesses to a high standard of compliance and support them to implement good hygiene practices,” said Matthew Morris, head of the council’s food safety team. “Most of them are at a good standard and are eager to learn more about how to get even better. It is all about protecting the public, but a 14 around ealing Summer 2014 Matthew and Nick Gohil with the shop’s five-star rating