In late 2007, HPS undertook a detailed review of the implementation and related outcomes of the E.coli O157 Task Force actions and recommendations. The principal purpose of this was to identify any substantial gaps in implementation and to identify any residual areas of concern. The outcome of this review enabled HPS to identify a range of topics that they deemed to require independent assessment of implementation progress, including food hygiene, water quality, access to rural land and contact with farm animals. The output of the review was a list of each of the Task Force actions/recommendations with an evaluation of progress and proposals for future action.
As a result, HPS commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) to provide assistance to independently review some of the initial Task Force actions/recommendations where HPS had been unable to verify whether the initial actions/recommendations had been implemented. A fundamental assessment has been carried out to form a view on whether any of the actions could be classified as having been implemented, or, with the passage of time, could be categorised as being overly vague and lacking clarity over responsibility and accountability for implementing the actions/recommendations. This review identified significant numbers in each classification. The findings will partly form the remit for the new VTEC Action Group, set up in October 2010.