British consumers have access to "perhaps the safest food in the world" after the horse meat scandal, according to a food expert.
Barbara Gallani, from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) told Daybreak the Government acknowledged there were "some vulnerabilities, some areas where consumers and business are exposed", which they were dealing with after the horse meat scandal.
"The changes that have been put in place are quite wide-ranging; first of all there are more announced audits in businesses. The testing regime has been reviewed, informed by risk assessments that are now based on a much broader range of data.
"What we have learned is a much better sharing of data and intelligence, to make sure we know where the risks are."
Responding to a study by Which? that highlights the "worrying decline" in local authority food checks a year on from the horsemeat scandal, the Local Government Association said the ultimate responsibility for food safety lies with manufacturers, retailers and suppliers.
Random sampling is just one tool available to councils and a reduction in testing does not mean an increased safety risk to the public.
Targeting high-risk businesses and acting on complaints is a far more effective use of their limited resources and also allows councils to free up responsible businesses from unnecessary inspections and red tape.
It is ultimately the responsibility of food manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to ensure the products they produce or sell comply fully with food law, are fit for consumption and won't risk public safety.
– Nick Worth, the Local Government Association's regulation spokesman
The Food Standards Agency has announced that is has lifted the suspension against Farmbox Meats Ltd near Aberystwyth. They say the decision means they can now operate under 'conditional approval.'
The decision to restrict work at the plant was made in February at the height of the horse meat scandal. The owner of Farmbox Meats has always denied any wrongdoing.
The FSA has required the establishment to provide guarantees before allowing it to operate again and has also informed the business that it will not hesitate to withdraw its approval if there is sufficient evidence that there is non-compliance with all requirements placed on food business operators.