Welsh Food Microbiological Forum
What is the Welsh Food Microbiological Forum?
Unique to Wales. the Welsh Food Microbiological Forum (WFMF) was established in 1993 in response to an identified need to improve food sampling across Wales.
The WFMF is a collaboration of public health organisations and local authorities in Wales. The aim is to improve the microbiological quality of food available to Welsh consumers. This is achieved by using the innovative "shopping basket" protocol with a nominated list of foods of interest and by completing targeted surveys that address current food related issues.
The role of the WFMF
The main achievement of the WFMF has been to co-ordinate the food sampling activities of Welsh local authorities, so that the same ready-to-eat foods are taken in the same way across the whole country. This scheme is called a “shopping basket".
The shopping basket study has been running since 1995 and is a unique resource of data and information on the quality of ready to eat food in Wales.
The WFMF also takes part in national food surveys and also food surveys unique to Wales. This enables the WFMF to investigate issues that are can be either unique to Wales or UK wide. Reports are generated of all the survey work to help inform the activities of the Local Authorities and other relevant organisations such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Membership of the WFMF
Membership of the Forum has evolved since its inception to reflect changes in local and national government in Wales and is drawn from:
The WFMF is currently chaired by Dr Philip Mannion, Public Health Wales and the secretary is Helen Roberts, Flintshire County Council.
Articles of Association - 5th revision, 2011
Last updated: 05/04/2013