Thousands of pubs and takeaways missed up to three food hygiene inspections after the Covid pandemic caused a massive backlog
- The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is lagging behind, with some of the riskiest institutions missing up to three inspections
- Companies that had to be inspected last year can now wait up to two years between inspections, as opposed to the average waiting time of six months
- Last June 470 food hygiene ratings were given against the usual 14,000 per month
Thousands of takeaways, pubs, restaurants and cafes are late for three hygiene checks after being temporarily closed due to lockdown.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is lagging behind, with some of the institutions at highest risk having missed up to three inspections, according to The times.
It is up to food inspectors who are focusing on and some who are going to the public health sector to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
It is expected that 1,500 category A companies will be inspected next year (stock image)
This has resulted in some teams being understaffed.
The FSA will propose a series of new measures to address the backlog. About 1,500 A companies are expected to be inspected next year.
Category A companies are considered to be at greatest risk, for example if they have a poor hygiene rating.
It means that those who had to be inspected last year will now have to wait up to two years between inspections instead of the usual six months.
Last June, only 470 food hygiene reviews were issued, as opposed to the average of 14,000 per month.
In March this number has risen to 9,000.
The FSA is supported by a number of agencies, including local authorities across the UK.
It is the responsibility of the local authorities to enforce food hygiene laws by inspecting companies at every point in the food production and distribution chain.
Pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways will reopen inside from Monday
Authorized officials provide companies with food hygiene advice and guidance and can take action if they feel standards are not good enough.
In some serious cases, companies have been closed and prosecuted.
Starting Monday, pubs, bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen indoor spaces, up to six people are allowed to meet indoors and gatherings of up to 30 people are allowed outdoors.
As an incentive for businesses, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also hinted that social distance measures, such as the one-meter-plus rule, could be relaxed as early as June 21 as part of the roadmap to freedom.
It means that pubs and bars still have to follow rules such as mandatory table service and capacity restrictions coming Monday.
Elsewhere, overnight stays are also allowed, meaning staycations can be booked, with hotels and B & Bs that don’t have self-catering facilities allowed to open – as well as cinemas and theaters if the public is wearing masks.
Maximum 30 people allowed at weddings and other life events, and iThe outdoor sports and exercise classes can start again, as can the sauna and steam rooms.
Nursing home residents can have up to five named visitors – and up to two at a time, provided they are tested and follow guidelines.
Residents are also given more freedom to leave their homes without having to insulate afterwards.
Health heads say infections, hospitalizations, and deaths have “ consistently ” declined in recent months, with measures of social distance and the huge inoculation urge to give thanks.