Basildon Borough Council follows a regional food sampling programme outlined by Gov.UK - Public Health England.
The programme requires that food samples from various types of food business in the Borough are tested on a regular basis.
Working in partnership with other local authorities gives more statistically significant results and helps to focus resources on food that may pose a risk to public health.
In addition, Basildon Borough Council also contributes to similar national sampling programmes, as well as taking samples in response to our own local needs, for example, in response to food complaints. For further information please see our
The sample results are expressed as;
For more information view our summary leaflet guidelines for assessing microbiological safety of ready to eat foods placed on the market from the Health Protection Agency.or read more about the
Unsatisfactory results are handed to the environmental health officer for the area who will analyse the result and decide what action is going to be taken.
This will relate to the risk to health posed by the result.
Officers may decide to re-sample the food and look at the hygiene practices at the premises where the food was prepared.
Unacceptable / potentially hazardous results receive immediate action to protect public health. This will involve a thorough investigation. Thankfully these results are very rare.