Category - Elliott Report

Be “relentless” Sinead Edom: Purchasing Manager, Sargeant Partnerships (who own the Handmade Burger Co)

Sinead Edom  is responsible for the supplies for the Handamade Burger Co restuarant chain – which has grown nationally from it’s start in Birmingham.  She has found that even apparently perfectly labelled and stamped food can have come from places you don’t expect. How does she know that – because she checks everything.  She phone’s the organisations who’s stamps are being sued she checks and tracks. For her food safety is about being determined, sitting on hold for hours, making 10 phone calls, being “relentless”.

 


#BrumElliott session 3 – Birmingham, the eyes and ears for the UK?

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What resources are needed to make change happen? What changes in the way we work together would need to take place?

Education – first, an acceptance has to be made that there is a problem. The food industry needs to link issues of food crime with the health and wellbeing agenda. Education in schools is key. Jamie Oliver tried to fix school meals and met huge blocks to making progress. Progress has been made, but it has been a huge effort.

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Session 3: What we want and what we need

zoomSo how do we tackle the problem of food crime and food standards? In an ideal world there would be a basket of measures. But here’s a few things we need to know before we take our ideas along to the checkout.

We’d need to share best practice so we’d need to be able to communicate it far, far better.

We’d need to be aware that there is a powerful food lobby that would be resistant to change.

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The Elliott Review Birmingham: Session 3 What are the answers?

These are my notes from Table 2 at the Elliott Review Birmingham event exploring exploring what Birmingham can do to tackle food crime. At this table are representatives from a cross section of people from the food industry, retailers, restaurateurs, academics etc. The question they’re discussing is:

Birmingham the eyes and ears for the UK?

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Kabir Ahmed – Birmingham Restauranteur – we need to make people aware that with cheap food quality suffers.

Kabir thinks it’s very clear that where food is cheap there is a chance that the ingredients are sub-standard.  As a restauranteur in Birmingham he thinks it’s time to widen the conversation about what food ought to cost – not and easy thing to do though — especially for those who live food deserts.

 


Madeleine Smith: why food investigation has to be different

In this interview, Madeleine Smith talks about the changes that are needed in food investigation. Food supplies today come from across Britain, indeed from across the world. And so local authority-led food testing isn’t adequate. In addition, today’s EHOs are trained to test for the safety of food, not deal with organised crime.

Madeleine is a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham; i.e. she’s a key person in the training of tomorrow’s environmental health officers.


Session 2 – What does the ideal scenario look like?

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Session 1 identified possible gaps and weaknesses in the food supply network. Table 3 of local businesses has been asked to imagine it’s April 2017 and there is zero food crime on their patch

Questions considered…

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#BrumElliott Session 2: What does the ideal scenario look like?

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So, what would perfection look like? Quite different to what it is today and to get there tougher penalties and education are key to restoring confidence.

People used to have a connection to food in that you knew the market stall holder or the butcher. Can we restore that?

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The Elliott Review Birmingham; Session 2 Crime Free food Networks and Culture change

These are my notes from Table 2 at the Elliott Review Birmingham event exploring exploring what Birmingham can do to tackle food crime. At this table are representatives from a cross section of people from the food industry, retailers, restaurateurs, academics etc. The question they’re discussing is:

Imagine it’s April 2017 and there is NO food crime anymore – What does the ideal scenario look like?

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The Horsemeat Scandal was “Manna from heaven” for local supplier Beckett’s Farm #brumelliot

Simon Beckett runs Beckett’s Farm, south of Birmingham.  The fears raised during the horsemeat scandal led to lots of new custom for him – but can local farms provide all of our food.  This video is just a few thoughts grabbed with him during the #brumelliott review in #foodintegrity


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