Thousands of people are earning extra cash selling homemade food on Facebook – often without any hygiene checks or regulations. Amateur cooks are knocking up scores of curries, kebabs and roast dinners. Campaigners say they should be forced to register with local councils and the Food Standards Agency to avoid risk of ill health. A BBC study found 3,000 listings – with distinct regional differences. Analysis by the BBC found 20 adverts on one day for either “curry” or “biryani” coming from Luton with another 14 from Blackburn and 13 from Birmingham. There were also 25 adverts referring to meat, chicken, beef, lamb or fish under “homemade food” in London, 24 in Birmingham and 23 in Manchester. Kebabs were most common in Lancashire, with 15 postings emanating from or near to Nelson and another three near Blackburn. There were 10 adverts involving bread or cakes from Sheffield, along with five from Glasgow, while 10 from Slough referred to “meat, beef or lamb”. Campaign group Unchecked has called for home cooks who sell meals to be subject to the same inspections as takeaways and be given hygiene ratings. It said unregistered food producers selling on social media posed a risk to… Read full this story
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