Food Hygiene Breaches

Andrew James made this Freedom of Information request to Powys County Council

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Dear Powys County Council,

Please can I see an electronic copy of the food hygiene breaches in the past 5 years? If this is not available, please provide 4 valid reasons.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew James

Freedom of Information Queries (CSP - Generic), Powys County Council

Dear Mr. James,

Please could you clarify what you mean by Food Hygiene Breaches. Powys County Council do not record Food Hygiene Breaches per se, We do inspect establishments and award Hygiene ratings based on those inspections. We will be placing your request on hold until we hear back from you.

Many Thanks
Carl Bryden
Information Compliance Officer.

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Dear Freedom of Information Queries (CSP - Generic),

Thanks for your response Carl.

By Food Hygiene Breaches, I mean Businesses breaking Food Hygiene Rules and Failing Ratings. Also any reports of people being ill after consumption of foods from establishments.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew James

Freedom of Information Queries (CSP - Generic), Powys County Council

 

Cyfarwyddwr Strategol: Rheoli Gwybodaeth/
Adnoddau
Information Compliance
Strategic Director: Resources
Neuadd Y Sir / County Hall
David Powell
Spa Road East

Llandrindod Wells

Powys LD1 5LG
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Tel / Ffôn:  01597 82 7543         
 
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Email/Llythyru electronig:
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Our ref / Ein cyf:  F2017-0734

Date / Dyddiad:   12/07/17

 

 

Request Accepted

 

FREEDOM of INFORMATION ACT 2000

Reference No: F2017/0734

 

Dear Mr. James

 

Thank you for your request for information, received at this office on
11/07/2017, in which you requested details of the following:

 

Food Hygiene Breaches 

 

The above is a summary of your request. The full details of the
information sought is provided to the officer to whom the request is
tasked.

 

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party. In some circumstances Powys County Council may be unable to achieve
this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

 

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The due date for responding to this request for information is 08/08/2017.

 

Should you need to discuss this further please contact the Information
Compliance Team on 01597 827543.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Powys County Council.

 

Yours sincerely,

Carl Bryden

 

Information Compliance Officer

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Bryden

Information Compliance Assistant

Cyngor Sir Powys Powys County Council

Ext. 7543

 

 

 

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Freedom of Information Queries (CSP - Generic), Powys County Council

Cyfarwyddwr Strategol: Rheoli Gwybodaeth/
Adnoddau
Information Compliance
Strategic Director: Resources
Neuadd Y Sir / County Hall
David Powell
Spa Road East

Llandrindod Wells

Powys LD1 5LG
  If calling please ask for / Os yn galw
gofynnwch am
 
 
 
Tel / Ffôn:  01597 82 7543         
 
Fax / Ffacs:  01597 82 6215      

Email/Llythyru electronig:
[1][Powys County Council request email]

Our ref / Ein cyf:  F2017-0734

Date / Dyddiad:   24/07/2017

 

Reference No: F2017-0734

 

 

Dear Mr. James

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 10/07/2017 concerning
Food Hygiene Breaches

 

This is to inform you that your request has been considered and I can
provide the following response:

 

The Request:

 

Please can I see an electronic copy of the food hygiene breaches in the
past 5 years? If this is not available, please provide 4 valid reasons.

 

The Response:

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires Powys County
Council, when refusing to provide such information (because the
information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:

(a)  states that fact;

(b)  specifies the exemption in question and

(c)  states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

In this instance the relevant exemption is Section 21 of the Freedom of
Information Act.

Section 21: Information accessible to applicant by other means -

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant otherwise
than under section 1 is exempt information.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) -

(a) Information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though
it is accessible only on payment, and,

(b) Information is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the
applicant if it is information which the public authority or any other
person is obliged by or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise than
by making the information available for inspection) to members of the
public on request, whether free of charge or on payment.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a
public authority and does not fall within subsection (2) (b) is not to be
regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the
information is available from the public authority itself on request,
unless the information is made available in accordance with the
authority’s publication scheme and any payment required is specified in,
or determined in accordance with, the scheme.

The FSA website contains statistics regarding enforcement actions at the
following URL (On clicking on the link you are taken to a selection of
reports. The first link is regarding interim data for 2016-17, For the
other years you click the corresponding year, From the resulting page
select the Enforcement Statistics : Uk Food Hygiene Data spreadsheet)

 

[2]https://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/moni...

 

As a current reflection all premises with a rating of 0, 1 or 2 are an
indicator of a level of breach which is of concern. Quite a number of
premises have some form of breach of food hygiene legislation but it is
the degree of seriousness and extent of the breaches which will determine
the rating. These are all posted on the ratings website at the following
URL

 

[3]http://ratings.food.gov.uk/enhanced-sear...

 

In accordance with Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I am
unable to provide you with the details you have requested.

In reference to your further clarification regarding “any reports of
people being ill after consumption of foods from establishments.” we have
received 59 complaints  from members of the public  which have been
recorded regarding suspected illness as a result of eating produce from a
food premises in Powys. These do not constitute food poisoning
notifications and none have been substantiated.

 

 

We believe that this request is now complete and shall be closed
immediately. Should any further information be requested regarding this
topic, a separate request will need to be submitted.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Powys County Council.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Compliance Team

 

 

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Information Commissioner's Office

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Cardiff

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