Portsmouth woman to keep Olympic food safe

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A PORTSMOUTH food inspector will make sure food eaten at this year’s Olympic Games is safe.

Aimee Cartwright, an environmental health officer for Portsmouth City Council, has been chosen by the Food Standards Agency to be part of an elite squad of officers brought together to increase food safety during the spectacle.

The team will work in towns and cities hosting Olympic or Paralympic events, or those designated as a Live site, such as Portsmouth, and will give the inside track on their inspections and showcasing the work they are doing to keep visitors safe.

Aimee said: ‘Portsmouth has been selected as a Live site city for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we’re hosting the Olympic Torch Relay on July 15 and 16, plus an evening celebration on July 15, so there are lots of chances to promote everything that the city has to offer.

‘It is a real opportunity for local food businesses, but presents lots of challenges for food safety too.

‘I’m proud to be part of the food safety squad and I’m looking forward to working with colleagues from around the country to provide the support these businesses need and to help keeping visitors to the games safe.’