Mid Devon District Council has agreed to be the ‘home authority’ for Crediton-based food business, Peck and Strong
This scheme, a national agreement set up by the Government’s Food Standards Agency, means that Mid Devon District Council can act as a regulatory champion for Peck and Strong in its dealings throughout the UK. Paul Williams, Environmental Health manager, said: “It’s about making sure our local businesses have a good relationship with the council’s food officers so we can advise and support them on food-related regulations and best practice when they are trying to expand into other locations. It means they don’t have to deal with several other food authorities throughout the UK.”
Community Well Being portfolio holder, Cllr Jane Campbell, added: “Peck and Strong have shown a willingness to take on board the advice of the food team and have shown high regard for food hygiene which allows us to take this home authority arrangement forward. The relationship between us means we are happy to act as that single point of contact for other local authorities, resulting in fewer burdens on them.”
Peck and Strong has relocated into larger premises in order to meet current demand for their high-quality, hand-made bakery products, made with little use of machinery or pre-mixes, a business that makes them an attractive producer outside of Crediton.
The owner, John Peck, said: “We are proud Mid Devon District Council has invited Peck and Strong to participate in this home authority partnership. It represents an endorsement of our good practice and of our willingness to improve wherever we can, and we have the benefit of a close working relationship with a partner able to provide advice and advocacy as we require.”
(from a press release)