I am interested in any food that has been either formally seized by your authority or voluntarily surrendered by a food business within your area since Jan 2015. I would be grateful if you could supply me with the following information.
No of formal seizures of food (i.e. where a court formally condemned food)
No. of voluntary surrenders (where a food business agreed to voluntarily dispose of food)
No. of unsuccessful seizures (where the court refused to condemn)
Devon County Council has no court sanctioned seizures or voluntary surrenders of food to give information on.
The Devon and Somerset Trading Standards’ role in relation to the Food Safety Act and related legislation is covered by the Food Standards Agency Code of Practice and while unsafe food may be concerned , our main role is concerned with Food composition, standards and labelling and issues may be resolved by recall and relabelling. Most hygiene issues will be the role of District or Unitary Councils and enforced by their Environmental Health services.