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Food hygiene inspections to ramp up in Barking and Dagenham

Inspection officers are working through a backlog created by the Covid pandemic (Credit: Barking and Dagenham Council)

Inspections are being increased to improve food hygiene standards in Barking and Dagenham. 

Premises with a poor hygiene rating of two or lower will be visited by the local council’s food safety team in the coming months. 

Newly registered high-risk food businesses will also be inspected. 

The aim is to ensure every business is compliant with the Food Standard Agency and has a rating of three or more.  

Council officers will be checking the premises are kept clean, food is stored properly and handwashing facilities are in place. 

They will also be working through a backlog of inspections created by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety said: “We want to ensure that all businesses that provide food for residents are operating at a good to high level, so that the health of residents is protected.

“As restrictions continue to ease, residents will start to eat out more at restaurants and pubs, so it’s vitally important that we do everything to make sure these establishments are clean and safe.”

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