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Hospital Kitchens

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she is satisfied with existing arrangements to maintain an acceptable standard of hygiene in hospital kitchens; and if she will make a statement.

Hospital authorities have been told that they must comply with the standards laid down in the Food Hygiene Regulations and that they should invite environmental health officers to inspect hospital kitchens and other areas in hospitals in which food is handled. They have also been reminded to take action promptly to implement any subsequent recommendations. It has been agreed with the Association of Environmental Health Officers that where there appear to be difficulties in visiting hospitals or in meeting the recommendations of the environmental health officers, my Department will be informed.