Food safety

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According to 'Love Food, Hate Waste' we throw away around 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year, costing us a staggering £12.5billion. By getting to grips with 'Use By' and 'Best Before' labels, you could not only save food from going to waste but also save money on your weekly shop. In fact, the average family could save £700 a year.

We entered a Primary Authority Partnership for Food Safety with Ipswich Borough Council in July 2013, with the aim of ensuring that our food safety meets the highest standards you’d expect from your local Co-op. This Partnership means we have access to specialist advise on food safety

Our partnership with Ipswich Borough Council
Hundreds of thousands of customers trust us each day to provide them with high quality produce from a clean and safe environment.

We work closely with our Primary Authority Partners Ipswich Borough Council and, in particular, Principal Environmental Health Officer Simon Manning, to ensure we meet the high standards you'd expect from your local Co-op.

This Primary Authority Partnership means we have access to specialist advice on food safety and we receive reassurance that our food safety management is robust and compliant.  The Partnership also provides other Councils in the areas we trade with reliable information about us as a business and, in particular, about how we manage Food Safety.

We're proud that all of our stores across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex have achieved a Food Hygiene Rating of four or above - in fact 95%* of our stores have achieved the highest rating of five. You can find the hygiene rating for each of our individual stores by using our store finder.