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article imageReview: Britain's Food Police in action Special

By Alexander Baron     Jan 15, 2013 in Food
The UK has some of the strongest legislation relating to food safety and hygiene anywhere in the world. When you see what the food police find in this series, you'll be glad.
Chris Hollins is best known as a sports presenter, but here he teams up with Matt Allwright to present a programme that may well put you off your food. In this - the second series of The Food Inspectors - they go out and about with the men and women who police the food industry.
The UK is said to have around 600,000 outlets serving food from Claridge's - for those who can afford it - to your local greasy spoon (café). Every single one of them can expect a visit at some point from the food inspectors. These local government officials have sweeping powers to close and at times to prosecute those outlets that don't come up to scratch.
Hollins and Allwright tag along with them for the ride, and among the horrors they find are a live rabbit in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant - where it keeps the cockroaches company - and in between the mouse droppings, and the listeria in a near fatal pork chop, they go on the trail of animal rustlers.
It's not all bad news though, they also visit a wholesale sandwich making plant which Hollins says looks more like a science lab. At the top of the tree in the UK is the Food Standards Agency. Not everybody likes bureaucracy, but this is one branch of any government everyone should embrace. Everyone who eats food, that is!
These noodles look appetising enough  and in Britain  a small army of food inspectors ensures they s...
These noodles look appetising enough, and in Britain, a small army of food inspectors ensures they stay that way.
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