Previous proposals and notifications
The Food Standards Agency is carrying out routine non-statutory reviews of two exemptions currently set down in the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. The reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to review provisions in secondary legislation that regulate businesses.
The European Commission is asking for feedback from stakeholders on its draft regulation which applies to the production of chicken meat in slaughterhouses. Views are wanted on the draft regulation which lays down a process hygiene criterion in slaughterhouses for campylobacter in broilers (chicken meat).
This paper sets out the FSA Operations Directorate proposed approach to publishing the data sets relating to meat and dairy hygiene for which it is responsible and the timetable for that publication, whilst reflecting the commercial and privacy concerns of individual Food Business Operators and FSA staff.
Two companies have applied to the Food Standards Agency for approval to market their novel food products in the EU under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) 258/97. Views are wanted on the two applications to inform the assessment of these products. Comments are invited by 16 April 2017.
The FSA has produced a number of draft guidance products designed to increase the safety of food sold over the internet. We welcome your feedback before they are formally launched. Publications cover consumer advice for buying food online, advice to businesses selling food online, guidance for local authorities and Q&A.
We have produced new guidance for healthcare and social care organisations to help them reduce the risk of vulnerable people within their care contracting listeriosis through the consumption of chilled ready-to-eat food. The guidance has been developed with input from a wide range of stakeholders and is intended to complement good practice in the food industry.
We are inviting recommendations for priorities for the 2016-17 National Coordinated Sampling Programme. Since 2003 the FSA has made grants available to UK enforcement authorities to supplement their own targeted, risk-based sampling activities.
A summary of responses are available on a European Commission proposal to amend Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 on genetically modified (GM) food and feed. The proposal would allow the UK and other member states to restrict or ban the use of authorised GM food and feed products for non-safety reasons within their territory.
We are seeking views on our draft revised guidance for organisers of charity and community food provision about the application of EU food hygiene law. The original guidance was issued in July 2013. It is being revised so it stays relevant and helpful for users.
We are seeking key stakeholders’ opinions on our proposed policy which sets out how we, the competent authority, will deal with unacceptable behaviour by food business operators and specifically the withdrawal of inspection and veterinary services from approved slaughterhouses and cutting plant premises.
We are seeking views on guidance for local authorities and for food business operators that produce sprouts and seeds intended for sprouting. We have developed the guidance, which is in question and answer format, following the introduction of measures to enhance controls following the 2011 outbreak of E.coli O104:H4 in Germany and France.
We are seeking views on the possible impact to the meat industry that would be caused by the European Commission’s recent proposal about the storage periods permitted for chilled meat intended for mincing.
The Food Standards Agency and National Trading Standards (NTS) have agreed in principle to set up a partnership for the delivery of the national coordinated food sampling programme covering food standards issues. This builds on the successful delivery of the feed surveillance programme by the NTS in 2014/15. Local authorities may already have seen the message from NTS on this dated 18 June.
It is opinion of the FSA that Directive (EU) 2015/254 does not need to be transposed by means of legislation and no action is required to implement the Directive, given that it is a repealing measure for the earlier and now obsolete Directive 93/5/EEC.
Updated FSA guidance on the testing of milk for antibiotic residues has been published after a routine review. The review took into account the recommendations made following the European Commission Food and Veterinary Office audit of official controls related to the milk and dairy sector. The audit took place in April 2013.
A new EU regulation, which came into force on 17 November 2014, requires stomachs of ruminants to be scaled or cleaned within the slaughterhouse before they can be transported to another approved food business for handling. We are seeking your views on the proposed arrangements for applying this.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has again made funding available to enforcement authorities for sampling and surveillance of food.
A proposal consulted on in 2013 resulted in a revised policy to align FSA authorisation to transport warm (above temperature) meat from domestic ungulates, more closely to the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004. The policy applies from 2 March 2015. Domestic ungulates are hoofed animals, and these include cattle, pigs and sheep.
A proposal consulted on in 2014 has resulted in a new requirement: a model food chain information document for horses, ponies and donkeys (these animals are collectively known as equines) must be used to provide relevant information to food business operators at slaughterhouses.
Proposal to revoke the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Lead in Ducks and Geese) (England) Order 1992 by means of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Lead in Ducks and Geese) (England) (Revocation) Order 2015.
Regular review of legislation is important to maintain regulatory effectiveness and ensure that we do not place disproportionate burdens on business.
To clarify the arrangements that apply to the trade of unskinned large wild game animals between European Union member states.
We are seeking your views on a proposed data sharing policy. This would mainly affect the food business operators who are the data subjects, local authorities, and other organisations that the FSA shares data with.
As highlighted in the FSA’s strategy for 2015-2020, we favour extending mandatory display of food hygiene ratings at food outlets to England. We are currently gathering evidence to inform the case we will present to the Government for consideration. We are also developing an impact assessment (IA) setting out the costs and potential benefits of introducing a statutory scheme.
We aim to formalise our approach by establishing a clear protocol for how we work with food businesses and other enforcement agencies in response to food adulteration incidents – in particular, how we identify thresholds for reporting and action when a new adulterant without previously agreed thresholds is discovered.
The FSA is inviting local authorities and other interested parties to provide comments on the FSA’s revised guidance and the newly developed Q&A document that will accompany it.
We want your views on a draft factsheet for helping food brokers understand their obligations under food law – this includes the need to register as a food business – and gives brokers further sources of information. We would also like your views on a draft question and answer document.
The watercress industry, in collaboration with the FSA/FSS, has produced a draft guide on the safe production of watercress. The guide is designed to provide watercress growers with practical advice on how to comply with food hygiene legislation and other considerations for watercress growers.
We are seeking comments from interested parties on the content and layout of the Food Standards Agency’s Wild Game Guide (WGG). The guidance is intended for use by all interested parties including those who shoot and/or supply wild game and retailers and processors of game meat. The WGG is also designed to help food law enforcement officers carrying out their enforcement duties.
We are seeking comments from interested parties on a proposal to update the Food Standards Agency’s cold Inspection guidance to include ratites (flightless birds such as ostriches and emus) and camelids (ie llamas and guanacos).
We are seeking your comments on the proposed arrangements for implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1137/2014, amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 on the handling of stomachs of young ruminants and feet of ungulates intended for human consumption. We also request information about the possible impact of the measure.
An expert group, set up by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF), to look at egg safety, found there has been a reduction in the risk from salmonella in UK shell eggs since its last report on this issue 15 years ago.
We are seeking your comments on updated guidance on the safety and shelf-life of vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods with respect to non-proteolytic Clostridium botulinum.
The Food Standards Agency is consulting on advice for food businesses and local authority enforcement officers on the safe preparation and service of burgers that are served pink or less than thoroughly cooked.