Council Appoints New Environmental Health Officer

town hall windows signThe Council will finally be able to enforce national food safety legislation after appointing a new Environmental Health officer.

David Currie was formally given powers to enforce the various Acts of Parliament at last Tuesday’s Full Council Meeting.

These include being able to enter premises to take samples that could be used in any court case against a business.

Mr Currie’s main duties will be to monitor the quality and labelling of food sold on the islands.

But he’ll also have a number of other responsibilities, such as reducing the causes of air pollution, control of infectious diseases, monitoring anti-social noise and ensuring the safety of workplaces.

Proposals to change the water legislation in Scilly mean he could have to monitor private water supplies in the future too.

The Council has previously bought-in food standards expertise from Cornwall Council, paying for 32 days of staff time.

In 2013, an audit of the Council by the Food Standards Agency recommended appointing a properly qualified officer to carry out food hygiene enforcement work.

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