Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Using lateral flow tests people have now carried out thousands of tests on food products with many actualy testing positive for covid 19.
I decided to try this myself and one product I tested came up positive for covid 19.

Could you please explain how covid 19 has made its way into the food chain and why you have failed to inform the public?

If you believe it isn't in the food chain this must mean the lateral flow tests are faulty and therefore we have been subject to lockdowns and restrictions based on false evidence.

Which is it?

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1340846 

   

Dear Mr Armatage,  
   
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Department of Health and Social Care 

  

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,
Thank you for responding.
It would appear that drinks are also testing positive for covid 19. Newspapers have reported children have discovered fruit juices have tested positive for covid 19 via lateral flow tests.

Obviously I expect the DHSC are prepared for every eventuality surrounding the virus but concerned members of the public need some clarification.

1. Please provide me with copies of DHSC procedures now that covid 19 has been discovered in our food chain.
2. As more people are carrying out these tests on foodstuffs. Please provide me with a copy of procedures that members of the public should follow if they discover foodstuffs contaminated with covid 19 after testing them via lateral flow tests.
IE: Should they destroy the product? Return it to the store and inform the store manager so that the infected product can immediately be removed from the shelves?
This is obviously a very serious situation and the public are very concerned.

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Do you intend to respond within the permitted timeframe or should I request an internal review?

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Armatage,

Thank you for your email.

Your request was received by DHSC on 3 July. The legal deadline for responding is therefore 2 August.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Armatage,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref:FOI-1343813).

Yours sincerely, 

Michael Pierson
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Covid infected food'.

I consider my request a matter of urgency and there is no excuse whatdoever for not providing me with the documentation I requested.
I have spoken with the ICO and due to the urgency and seriousness of the subject matter, are willing to take on this case should you once again refuse my request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Tyrone Armatage