We sample foods to make sure it is clean and safe to eat.
Environmental Health Officers visit retailers, caterers and manufactures to take samples of the food they sell or make. Food sampling can be part of national campaigns, for example, taking salads from fast food premises to monitor for cross contamination, and cooked chicken from retail premises checked for microbiological safety. The samples are sent to the Public Health laboratory for examination.
Where unsatisfactory results are obtained further investigations are made and corrective action put in place to improve standards.