CIEH statement on BBC fast-food outlet investigation

Publication Date: 20th July 2017

Subject: Food safety

Following reports of poor hygiene standards found in fast-food restaurants after a BBC investigation, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head of Policy, said:  

“This investigation follows a recent expose by BBC Watchdog on hygiene standards in coffee shops which produced similar results. At the time we said that businesses are the ones responsible for ensuring they have the correct procedures in place and our message remains the same.

“To prevent the situation getting any worse, we strongly recommend that every food business, whether you are an independent café or a national fast-food chain, urgently reviews their food safety procedures and make immediate changes where failings are found. At the same time, staff will need to be reminded of their responsibility to ensure they practice good personal hygiene and this might require rigorous and regular training.  

“Our environmental health colleagues, whether they work for local authorities or the business themselves, will take these findings extremely seriously and will be hard at work to ensure this type of thing doesn’t happen again.”


Notes to editors 

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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 7,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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