The Commercial Regulation Team often
undertakes food sampling for various different reasons,
- To investigate a complaint
- To monitor food safety and hygiene at a
- As part of a national sampling programme
Normally the person in charge of the food
business will be told that a food sample is being taken and will be
invited to watch the sampling process. However, on occasion the
officer may remain incognito whilst taking the sample if this is
considered necessary for the investigation.
Once the sample has been analysed by the
laboratory, the food business operator will be informed of the
results. If the results are unsatisfactory, the officer will visit
the premises to investigate the cause of the poor result, and may
take further samples.
Each year a sampling programme is drawn up
detailing the sampling the Department proposes to carry out.
The Food Safety Sampling Programme 2013-14 will be available to