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Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd


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Food Safety Is So Important For All of Us

February 1999
Sheila Pantry, OBE

Every day, the headlines in our newspapers, magazines, TV and radio have information about food problems and safety. It is of concern to everyone - growers, producers, caterers, inspectors and most of all consumers. No one wants to be made ill by one of life's great pleasures - eating.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods (MAFF) Food Safety Directorate has responsibilities to ensure safe and healthy food and produces a wealth of information reflecting the constant changes and developments in the important area of food safety.

To help in the dissemination of the information Food Safety-Plus CD-ROM was produced a few years ago and is constantly updated.

Food Safety-Plus is a full text information resource produced in collaboration with TSO (The Stationery Office) and MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Foods). The database covers a wide range of information on food safety including relevant UK and European Union legislation, appropriate Parliamentary debates and committee reports, and appropriate standards. Also covered are issues pertaining to food surveillance such as reports, explanatory notes, surveys, and the Food Surveillance series, as well as coverage of Food Sense booklets and fact sheets, and advisory leaflets providing information and advice.

Many other pieces of advice, guidance including easy to read information sheets are contained in Food Safety-Plus which is updated quarterly.

Why not try this unique source of Food Safety information in your own workplace?

Food Safety-Plus is based on SilverPlatter's WinSPIRS2 software which will give the user quick and easy access to a wealth of important publications. The user will be able to download data and print out required pieces of legislation and references to documents as well as cross search the database with other titles which use the WinSPIRS software such as the Environment Plus, OSH-CD, FIRE-CD, FIRE WORLDWIDE and OSH-ROM.

It is also possible to network CD-ROMs to enable simultaneous access by multiple users in an organisation. Users will be able to use their own personal computers to give authoritative and validated answers to questions on all aspects of environment concern.

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