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Published 06 February 2019

West Dunbartonshire Council’s Environmental Health Food and Business Group has been given the highest rating in Scotland for a food authority.

The Food and Business Group, responsible for regulating food law throughout the area, has been praised for three areas of good practice during a recent audit.

They included a clear Enforcement Policy and Food Enforcement Service Plan and comprehensive procedures.

The Capacity and Capability report, by Food Standards Scotland, awarded the authority the ‘Substantial Assurance’ rating – the best available.

It means the team’s procedures are effective in supporting the delivery of their objectives, which include supporting business compliance with food law, tackling food fraud and protecting and improving public health in West Dunbartonshire.

As a result of the rating, West Dunbartonshire Council is not required to make an action plan and can continue with existing effective processes.

Just one other local authority in Scotland has achieved the rating to date.

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services, said: “I am delighted to see our food authority gain the highest rating in Scotland.

“Our Environmental Health team work extremely hard to ensure that food standards are kept high across West Dunbartonshire, issuing enforcement notices where required and ensuring any business falling below this standard is given support to make changes.”