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Take-away Food: Delivery Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Boycott Baroness Boycott Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enforce standards of health and hygiene on online takeaway delivery companies.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Local authorities in the United Kingdom are responsible for undertaking inspections and other interventions to check that food businesses are complying with food law requirements and for enforcing these where this is not the case.

As for other food businesses, those selling or supplying food they produce via online sales platforms and those businesses delivering food ordered via the internet have a legal responsibility to register with their local authority. The business is then included in the authority’s planned programme of risk-based inspections and interventions and enforcement action will be taken as appropriate where legal requirements are not being met.

How food is sold or supplied over the internet has become increasingly diverse and complex and this poses challenges in relation to determining if an enterprise meets the legal definition of a food business and what its responsibilities are. The Food Standards Agency has recognised this and is committed to providing guidance for local authorities and for internet businesses so that public health and consumer protection are maintained.

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