All comments and views should be sent to
Hygiene and Microbiology, Food Standards Agency,
Floor 1, Aviation House, 125 Kingsway,
London WC2B 6NH
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Those in the seeds for sprouting sector; all food businesses; all enforcers of food law; food examiners.
What is the subject of this consultation?
1. Draft of The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 which:
- consolidates national legislation giving effect to EU food safety and food hygiene legislation in England
- introduces provisions giving effect to a recent package of EU regulations for the seeds for sprouting sector and an amendment to The Food Safety (Sampling & Qualifications) Regulations 2013.
2. Impact Assessments on (i) the consolidation and (ii) the package of EU regulations for sprouts and seeds for sprouting.
What is the purpose of this consultation?
- To invite stakeholders' comments on the current draft of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, due to come into force in December 2013, noting that for the first time that the provisions for enforcement of food safety and food hygiene have been consolidated together in England.
- To invite stakeholders' comments on the impact assessments for the consolidation and in particular to seek views on the costs and benefits of the recent package of EU Regulations on the sprouts and seeds for sprouting sector.
- To invite stakeholders to note the amendment to the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 2013.
- To otherwise raise awareness among food industry and enforcement stakeholders about the consolidation of the English national legislation.
Introduction: main two issues
1. Consolidated law - in England, concerns have been raised by food businesses that it can be difficult to find food safety law and food hygiene law relevant to them. By consolidating the two national Statutory Instruments (SIs) concerned into one, these provisions will be easier to find.
2. Sprouted seeds - following outbreaks in 2011 of food poisoning in Germany and France, sprouts, and seeds intended for sprouting, were identified as the most likely source. Consequently, the European Commission has introduced a package of regulations for the hygienic production of sprouts which are intended to safeguard public health. These regulations will be given effect in England in the new consolidated SI.
Impact Assessments (IAs) have been provided on these two issues, which set out in detail the implications. Stakeholders are invited to consider the IAs and comment on the FSA’s views of the impacts on costs on benefits.