Food industry workers who in the public interest blow the whistle on wrongdoings will have their identities protected under existing legislation, the Food Standards Agency said.
Implemented in 1998, the Public Interest Disclosure Act was designed to shield workers from any detrimental treatment or victimisation after they reported misconduct.
Now the FSA, which says it will make its best efforts to protect whistleblowers, has paved the way for more to come forward by publishing clearer guidelines on the way it will handle such disclosures.
Its policy states that for staff to be protected, they must believe that the disclosure relates to one or more of these matters: a criminal offence; the breach of legal obligation; a miscarriage of justice; danger to an individual; environmental damage; and deliberate concealment of information showing the above.
Waitrose has opened its first new store this year with a converted Morrisons at Biggin Hill, Kent. The 19,000 sq ft store, which takes its store tally to 174, is the last to undergo refurbishment among the six Safeways bought from Morrisons in August. Manager Martin Wingate said that the conversion had been an “incredible transformation”.