Watchdog says Bradford Council is not visiting enough food premises

Councillor Andrew Thornton

Councillor Andrew Thornton

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

Bradford Council is the 16th worst local authority in the country for keeping on top of food hygiene enforcement, according to research issued by a consumer watchdog.

Which? looked at 395 local authorities in the UK and, using some of the latest data submitted to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), ranked how they are performing.

Bradford Council was ranked 380th, just 16 from the bottom of the table.

But the Council’s executive member for environment, Councillor Andrew Thornton, said Which? had selected only three sets of figures out of many more submitted to the FSA to compile its rankings.

He said the Council operated “very much a risk approach” focusing on businesses classed as high or medium risk.

Which? looked at the proportion of premises ranked as high or medium risk in a local authority that were broadly compliant with food hygiene requirements; the percentage of premises yet to receive a risk rating and the proportion of inspections and other follow-ups that were required but not carried out by inspectors.

Coun Thornton said: “They’ve take a very broad brush to how they’ve rated different local authorities in terms of inspections and interventions.

“In Bradford we operate very much a risk-based approach in which we target those premises most likely to cause problems.”

He said if the consumer organisation had chosen to look at interventions at medium and high-risk establishments, rather than including those classed as low risk as well, the Council would have performed better.

Coun Thornton said the Council carried out all the inspections needed at businesses identified as ‘high risk’ and inspected 86 per cent of those in the ‘medium risk’ group.

In 2012/13 – the year the research is based on – Bradford Council carried out 1,361 formal actions to make sure food outlets were up to standard.

Last year, the Council prosecuted 14 food businesses for breaches of regulations and 11 more cases are being processed.

A Which? spokesman said it would expect councils to visit all food establishments to check their risk rating. In the Bradford area, 90.3 per cent were visited.

Working out the hygiene risk includes looking at the type of food, the number and type of consumers at risk, how food is processed or handled and the confidence in the management.

The leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the Council, Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, said: “I’m not surprised that we have got a problem with food hygiene. We appear to have no policy whatsoever of controlling it and no political will to control it,” she said.

She said the Council could start to tackle the problem by allowing fewer takeaways to open.

The director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University, Belfast, Professor Chris Elliott said: “I think what the Which? report is indicating very clearly is that, because of the pressures that are on local authorities in relation to budget cuts, they are finding it very difficult to deliver the quality of service that is required.”

Earlier this week Prof Elliott told the Telegraph & Argus that inner-city areas like Bradford were more likely to be vulnerable to the supply of contaminated meat.

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6:44am Wed 15 Jan 14

allannicho says...

I certainly would never, ever, use a small fast food shop
in Bradford or any other city.
Most are third world standards and I would not take the risk.
I certainly would never, ever, use a small fast food shop in Bradford or any other city. Most are third world standards and I would not take the risk. allannicho
  • Score: 24

7:11am Wed 15 Jan 14

Albion. says...

allannicho wrote:
I certainly would never, ever, use a small fast food shop
in Bradford or any other city.
Most are third world standards and I would not take the risk.
Exactly! I can't understand anyone wanting to.
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: I certainly would never, ever, use a small fast food shop in Bradford or any other city. Most are third world standards and I would not take the risk.[/p][/quote]Exactly! I can't understand anyone wanting to. Albion.
  • Score: 17

7:51am Wed 15 Jan 14

angry bradfordian says...

It appears that any survey that gives a negative image of the city is immediately dismissed as being unreliable or biased.
It doesn't seem to matter whether it's uninsured cars, crime, empty shops or now it's hygiene- they all get immediately dismissed as rubbish. This was a survey by Which; hardly a disreputable magazine!

Wouldn't it be nice if just for once someone on the council admitted we don't live in the world's greatest city and tried to make it better rather than just burying their heads in the sand?
It appears that any survey that gives a negative image of the city is immediately dismissed as being unreliable or biased. It doesn't seem to matter whether it's uninsured cars, crime, empty shops or now it's hygiene- they all get immediately dismissed as rubbish. This was a survey by Which; hardly a disreputable magazine! Wouldn't it be nice if just for once someone on the council admitted we don't live in the world's greatest city and tried to make it better rather than just burying their heads in the sand? angry bradfordian
  • Score: 23

7:54am Wed 15 Jan 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

After reading the headline I knew it would only be a few paragraphs in before some senior councillor was disputing the report.
Funnily enough when the news is good the same councillors tend to take these reports as gospel and fall over themselves to pat each other on the back.
Wasn't it just last week where Cllr Thornton gave his backing to a report that suggested his braindead permit idea wasn't creating more flytipping and he also used a report to implement permits that didn't even factor in the use of Leeds tips.
Idiots.
After reading the headline I knew it would only be a few paragraphs in before some senior councillor was disputing the report. Funnily enough when the news is good the same councillors tend to take these reports as gospel and fall over themselves to pat each other on the back. Wasn't it just last week where Cllr Thornton gave his backing to a report that suggested his braindead permit idea wasn't creating more flytipping and he also used a report to implement permits that didn't even factor in the use of Leeds tips. Idiots. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 19

9:41am Wed 15 Jan 14

Andy_Bfd says...

"He said the Council operated “very much a risk approach” focusing on businesses classed as high or medium risk" - so that'll be all of them then
"He said the Council operated “very much a risk approach” focusing on businesses classed as high or medium risk" - so that'll be all of them then Andy_Bfd
  • Score: 16

2:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Andy_Bfd says...

Just looked at stats and its even worse than I first thought, Bradford rated 380th out of 395. Another example of what a complete joke Bradford council is and especially councilor Thornton who, it seems, messes up everything he gets involved in. Who votes for these idiots - we have only ourselves to blame!
Just looked at stats and its even worse than I first thought, Bradford rated 380th out of 395. Another example of what a complete joke Bradford council is and especially councilor Thornton who, it seems, messes up everything he gets involved in. Who votes for these idiots - we have only ourselves to blame! Andy_Bfd
  • Score: 11

2:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

old pecker says...

and i bet they still havent found all the meat from the unlicenced meat processing plant !
West Yorkshire Lamb, Beef and Poultry Ltd
Have they even found the owner !
simple answer is NO
and i bet they still havent found all the meat from the unlicenced meat processing plant ! West Yorkshire Lamb, Beef and Poultry Ltd Have they even found the owner ! simple answer is NO old pecker
  • Score: 8

4:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

old pecker wrote:
and i bet they still havent found all the meat from the unlicenced meat processing plant !
West Yorkshire Lamb, Beef and Poultry Ltd
Have they even found the owner !
simple answer is NO
It's Bradford remember, they only go for soft targets? I am qualified to comment,and I am sure I could pick out 100 food premises and come up with a reason to close down 98 of them. You only have to drive past or take a walk around the back to have a good idea what's going on inside.
[quote][p][bold]old pecker[/bold] wrote: and i bet they still havent found all the meat from the unlicenced meat processing plant ! West Yorkshire Lamb, Beef and Poultry Ltd Have they even found the owner ! simple answer is NO[/p][/quote]It's Bradford remember, they only go for soft targets? I am qualified to comment,and I am sure I could pick out 100 food premises and come up with a reason to close down 98 of them. You only have to drive past or take a walk around the back to have a good idea what's going on inside. alive and awake
  • Score: 4

5:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

allannicho wrote:
I certainly would never, ever, use a small fast food shop
in Bradford or any other city.
Most are third world standards and I would not take the risk.
Islamophobe.

Why am I not surprised ?
[quote][p][bold]allannicho[/bold] wrote: I certainly would never, ever, use a small fast food shop in Bradford or any other city. Most are third world standards and I would not take the risk.[/p][/quote]Islamophobe. Why am I not surprised ? The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

6:45pm Wed 15 Jan 14

sorrow&anger says...

The only thing Bradford had going for it was its status as UK curry capital. How many tourists will now want to eat in a city that's bottom of the national food-hygiene league table. Not many. Coun Thornton makes a mess of everything he does. Coun Green should forget he's a mate and take away his portfolios before he does any more damage.
The only thing Bradford had going for it was its status as UK curry capital. How many tourists will now want to eat in a city that's bottom of the national food-hygiene league table. Not many. Coun Thornton makes a mess of everything he does. Coun Green should forget he's a mate and take away his portfolios before he does any more damage. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 3

7:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

collos25 says...

Having read the report it pulls no punches Bradford has a very poor hygiene rating when it comes to these food outlets of course councilors will try and change the facts to suit themselves but the report speaks for itself.
Having read the report it pulls no punches Bradford has a very poor hygiene rating when it comes to these food outlets of course councilors will try and change the facts to suit themselves but the report speaks for itself. collos25
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Wed 15 Jan 14

old pecker says...

surprise surprise
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surprise surprise http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/10936533.Keighley _brothers_fined_over _Bradford_takeaway_h ygiene/ old pecker
  • Score: 0

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