Health inspector action

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DISCIPLINARY action is being taken against a Sheffield environmental health officer who allegedly allowed her boyfriend to carry out food hygiene inspections on her behalf when he was not qualified.

The female council worker allegedly allowed her partner, a fellow worker at Sheffield Council, to impersonate her on ‘a handful’ of occasions even though he only worked in the noise nuisance department and was not authorised to deal with food safety.

Environmental health officers visit restaurants, takeaways and food outlets for annual inspections before they are given ‘star’ certificates rating hygiene and cleanliness.

The checks are meant to ensure public health and safety.

Sheffield Council said the allegations came to light in May, when it is claimed the owner of one business phoned the environmental health department asking about his star certificate. He said he had been visited by a male inspector. The woman was meant to have conducted the visit.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said two officers had been suspended. After her suspension, the female officer went on sick leave, while her partner left the council. The matter is still ongoing.