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D2: Analyse the importance of legislative and regulatory controls on food retailers

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D2: Analyse the importance of legislative and regulatory controls on food retailers. Health and safety laws An Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work, for controlling the keeping and use and preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of dangerous substances, and for controlling certain emissions into the atmosphere. This act is really important for food retailers to meet their health and safety because it will reduce the risks for their employees and customers. If food retailers don’t meet their health and safety they will be prosecuted and fined thousands some of these example are Tesco and Morrison’s failing to follow their health and safety and getting fined thousands. They will also lose their reputation and performance. Tesco, has been found guilty of failings in their health and safety procedures. An investigation was required after four workers were harmed in the work place. The case was investigated by Bracknell Forest Council after their environmental health team and the legal team of the council decided to prosecute Tesco’s under the Health and safety at work act 1974 for several health and safety incidents in their stores. The accidents occurred at one of their stores in Warfield and their store in Sandhurst. The court decided to charge Tesco £48,000 for the health and safety failings and a £15 victim surcharge will be added onto the charges. In addition to this Bracknell Magistrates Court has ordered the supermarket chain to pay £25,000 which are to cover the costs of Bracknell Forest Council. The magistrate has given Tesco just 21 days to pay the full amount of £73,015. Morrison’s has been ordered to pay £50,000 after a worker suffered a serious elbow fracture when she slipped on spilled oil at its Ipswich store. ...read more.

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But when officers visited the Tamworth store almost a month later, on December 6, they still found out of date food on sale. Local authority inspectors Inspections are conducted to maintain a level of high expectation and serve two main purposes. Firstly to ensure public, and publicly funded, services are accountable to government and taxpayers for the quality of what they deliver and secondly, to support with the continuous improvement of those services. This affects food retailers because they will be inspected, where they will check if they are going to improve health and safety, and they are also there to reduce injuries in workplace by examining the market by examining their workplace. They also investigate accidents and complaints in these workplaces If food retailers don’t meet their health and safety regulations, inspections will be followed out and if they find anything that will cause accidents or harm they would be fined and prosecuted for not following their health and safety. Asda Stores Limited was ordered to pay over £55,000 after admitting fire safety breaches in their Chippenham store, near Slough. Fire exit doors were chained and locked shut in an inspection made by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service officers in June 2010. The inspection also revealed escape routes that were obstructed; fire exit doors wedged open and combustible items obstructing fire doors. The court heard that the breaches presented a serious and life-threatening risk, not only to the staff who worked in the store but also to customers and other members of the public. The inspection was carried out following a complaint and Asda pleaded guilty to two charges brought under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Asda were sentenced at Reading Crown Court and given a fine of £20,000 for each offence, and ordered to pay over £15,000 costs, resulting in a total of £55,647. Food safety regulations 2005 This regulation is for the hygiene of foodstuffs, except for the requirements that relate to temperature controls. ...read more.

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dust created by cutting wood or stone. This impacts food retailers because the law requires you to control the use of chemicals at work. To do this you need to assess the risks in your workplace and implement and maintain effective control measures. This act is really important for food retailers to meet their health and safety because it will reduce the risks for their employees and customers. If food retailers don?t meet their health and safety they will be prosecuted and fined thousands, their performance will go down and people will stop going. Chemicals are really dangerous and it can cause a lot of risks to their customers and employees. Tesco are exposing shoppers to harmful chemicals in consumer products, from sex toys to children?s' pencil cases and shoes. Research from a coalition of European consumer groups reveals that many products were found to contain high concentrations of chemicals listed as "substances of very high concern" (SVHC), which are highly dangerous to human health as they are proven to be toxic. Contamination Contamination is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. It happens when harmful germs are spread onto food from other food, surfaces, hands or equipment. This impacts on food retails because they have to keep bacteria away from their food This act is really important for food retailers to meet their health and safety because it will reduce the risks for their customers. If food retailers don?t meet their health and safety their customers lives can be at risk and they will be fined or prosecuted for not keeping bacteria away from food. An example of this is Asda?s? Asda has been exposed as the supermarket with the highest proportion of chickens contaminated with dangerous bacteria that causes food poisoning. The Food Standards Agency found 70 per cent of chickens sold at supermarkets were infected with campylobacter. At Asda the proportion rose to 78 per cent of the birds tested. The food watchdog warned that 28 per cent of Asda chickens contained highly-dangerous levels of the bacteria. ...read more.

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