FOI Request for Harrods Food Hall inspection report

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Town Hall, Rm N111
Hornton Street
London W8 7NX

February 23, 2004

Dear Paul Stott

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

I would like a copy of the food safety inspection report about Harrods food hall that was on the table when we met yesterday. As this is a simple matter of photocopying, I expect to receive it ‘promptly’ as mandated by law.

Secondly, I would like all correspondence, including email, concerning the release to the Sunday Times of information contained in this inspection report. This also includes external correspondence from other interested parties (such as, but not limited to, Harrods and any representatives of Harrods).

As you will know it is a criminal offence to ‘alter, destroy, hide or deface’ information once a request has been made. My preferred format to receive the report is in hard copy, my preferred format for the correspondence is a chance to inspect the records containing the information.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Heather Brooke


One Response to “FOI Request for Harrods Food Hall inspection report”

  1. Sylvester McCatskie says:

    It is commendable of the London Kensington borough council to release these Harrods food inspection reports posted to this web site. However, the amount of information released is small and a council may take advantage of public ignorance on inspection processes. A full food report could include several documents: the inspector’s original notes, a risk assessment form (completed in line with the Food Standards Agency Risk Rating methodology), the final report and letter sent to the restaurant owner plus improvement and enforcement notices.

    For a complete and easy to understand account of safety in local restaurants and other food premises you really need to be asking about their risk ratings calculated by the Environmental Health Officers. I have personally submitted a request to a number of local councils:”Please supply the names and addresses and most recent inspection dates of all restaurants classed as being in category risks A and B (i.e. under the Food Standard Agency’s risk rating system) during your 2004/05 inspection programme. This request must be considered under the Environment Information Regulations 2004 as well as under Freedom of Information”.

    This is a true test of openness as it’s asking the councils to publish and identify wholesale who the bad boys are and it’s a good starting point to ask for the reports on the really dodgy places.

    Requesting details of well known restaurants and food halls like Harrods will only likely throw out reports on well managed premises and is in a sense only a limited and even false success for FoI.

    If you are not knowledgeable of the Food Standard Agencys methods for food risk assessment see the FSA website. It’s there to download.

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