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FSA networks abbatoirs to beef up comms and improve food safety

David Bicknell Published 29 September 2017

Agency’s work with Exponential-e to link 220 remote abbatoirs with four main sites intended to speed up submission of food safety documentation


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is implementing new networking infrastructure to improve food safety.

The infrastructure will incorporate linking up around 220 remote abbatoir sites with four main sites in York, Cardiff, London and Belfast, using fibre and ADSL services to help speed up the submission of food safety documentation.

The FSA has awarded a contract for the work to Exponential-e, which will also provide a centralised Internet facility to offer greater resiliency to the FSA as it digitises its operations. 

As part of its role in being responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK, the FSA employs inspectors on site at each abattoir who file reports on meat quality and standards to ensure food safety regulations are being met.

It believes the new, connected environment will provide a high quality and reliable connected environment in which inspectors can access and submit data critical to the food chain in a more efficient, productive and secure way.

Phillippa Tasselli, head of IT services at the FSA said, “It’s vital for us that we’re able to provide a secure communications platform to our team of inspectors who are on the coal face of food standards. A slow, jittery connection that is constantly dropping does not enable a good user experience; it’s just a time consuming frustration.

“Working with Exponential-e, we’ve been able to put in place an architecture that will mean our inspectors can file important documentation in a timely manner that ensures the integrity of the food chain.”

Tasselli added, “Whilst we’ve implemented this new infrastructure to meet our current needs, the environment in which we operate is pretty fluid. Therefore, what really appealed to us about the Exponential-e team was their expertise in being able to migrate us from one environment to another and the innovation that they bring to the table. With their technology, we know that we’ve got a future proof networking platform that can support our operational requirements and ambitions.”

David Lozdan, head of public sector sales, Exponential-e said, “The network we’ve implemented with the FSA is designed to create a better and more productive working environment and provide the stable platform required to meet compliance and regulation timeframes.”

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