Agenda item

Food Fraud Activities - Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)


The Head of Health and Community Wellbeing presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to inform Members of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in relation to food fraud activities between Local Authority Food Teams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), part of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), and to approve the signing off this MOU by the Head of Health & Community Wellbeing.


Councillor McHugh endorsed the recommendation within the report.  He stated that any process that ensured the quality of food standards was to be welcomed.  He stated that whilst he welcomed the collaboration with other councils in England and Wales, he queried if consideration was given in terms of collaboration with counterparts South of the border.  He felt that this would be more in focus, given the recent developments regarding Brexit.


In response, the Head of Health and Community Wellbeing stated that there would be ongoing informal liaison with Environmental Health colleagues across the border.  However, the Food Standards Agency NI would also liaise with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

                        The Committee


Recommended           That Members approve the signing of the MOU by the Head of Health and Community Wellbeing.


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