Bath & North East Somerset Council has issued a warning to owners of food related businesses to beware of bogus callers purporting to be Council officers.
The Council has been informed of two separate incidents this week where food businesses have been telephoned by a man claiming to be from its Environmental Health or ‘Health and Hygiene Department’.
During the calls, meetings were requested with management and threats were made to close down the business.
Bath &North East Somerset Council is reassuring business owners it would never phone and threaten closure in this way.
All Council officers have an ID badge which will be presented on attending a business premises to verify their identity.
Any food business receiving any calls of this nature should report it to the Action Fraud Helpline at www.actionfraud.police.uk and make the Council’s Food Safety Team aware by contacting [email protected] or by calling 01225 477508.