FSA launches food safety DVD in Welsh

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a Welsh version of its guidance DVD for butcher’s shop employees. It is meant to help Welsh-speakers understand food safety risks and the steps to reduce them.

Rob Wilkins, head of the local authority delivery and support team at the FSA’s office in Cardiff, said: “We want to encourage butchers to put simple measures in place to ensure the food they provide is safe, thereby protecting consumers and their businesses. The butchers featured in the DVD show how they have done it, and demonstrate that it’s not as complicated as you might think.”

The initiative is a response to recommendations issued after the 2005 E.coli outbreak in Wales, and follows the release of an English version.

The DVD focuses on the threat posed by E.coli to customers, the importance of separation to control cross-contamination, and the role of management procedures to ensure food safety.

Huw Williams, assistant director for environmental services and housing with Ceredigion County Council, said: “The guide presents a common-sense approach to preventing cross-contamination and managing food safety risks. The film illustrates that while producing food safely requires businesses to be organised and committed, this is not necessarily burdensome.”

The DVD can be viewed on the FSA’s website or ordered by email.