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Food Sampling

The enforcement of food hygiene legislation within Eden District Council includes an element of food sampling to assist in the protection of public health and the food law enforcement functions of the authority.

Food sampling allows us to gather information about the quality and safety of food produced, handled and sold in the district.

The Council participates in the following food sampling activities with an emphasis on the sampling of locally produced high risk products:

  • investigation of food contamination and food poisoning incidents

  • complaints (where sampling is considered necessary)

  • participation in the Public Health England (PHE) coordinated national sampling programmes

  • participation in North West Regional food sampling initiatives

  • co-ordinated programmed surveillance in conjunction with the Cumbrian Food Liaison Group

  • participation in EU co-ordinated control programmes

  • special investigations for example as directed by the Food Standards Agency

  • sampling related to local events/initiatives

  • environmental sampling (swabbing) in connection with poor hygiene/sample results

  • sampling related to concerns identified during inspections

  • imported food sampling - approximately 50% of food offered for sale in the UK is imported. The Food Standards Agency requires all local authorities to take steps to ensure imported food has been legally introduced and that it is safe for the consumer. Where appropriate, imported food will be included in the sampling programme.

In the event of any sample results being returned which do not comply with statutory requirements or HPA guidance, the Council will consider whether informal or formal action is necessary and submit further laboratory samples as appropriate to help identify where a problem may have occurred.

For Further Information

  • Contact: Food, Health and Safety Team
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212491
  • Fax: 01768 890732
  • Address: Environmental Services Section, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG

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