Project seeks to improve food industry regulationFood companies are being encouraged to participate in a new project designed to streamline regulation and inspection processes in the industry.
The Better Regulation in Food Industry initiative wants companies in the south-west to offer their views as part of efforts to develop new ways for regulators to deliver advice and information related to issues such as health and safety and trading standards.
It is funded by inspection body the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which can instruct firms to implement specific safety improvements, such as the use of food industry workwear.
The project comes after the South West Regulator's Forum concluded that the sector faces too many legislative demands.
Manager of the initiative Sarah Knife said the higher the number of contributing firms, "the better chance we stand of making a significant contribution to the 'too much red tape' debate".
Her comments come as the HSE's Shattered Lives campaign is currently raising awareness of the potential hazards food industry workplaces can present to workers.
Abandoned delivery boxes in store rooms and ice built up around cold stores are two sources of trips and slips that are highlighted at the HSE initiative's website.