Last updated on 19 September 2013
The Feed Law Code of Practice Review
The purpose of this consultation is to seek stakeholder comments on the proposed amendments to the the statutory Feed Law Code of Practice (for England and Wales).
All comments and views should be sent to
Programme Management Office
Feed Review Implementation Programme Branch
Food Standards Agency
London WC2B 6NH
Tel: 01904 232052
Responses are requested by: 12 December 2013
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Local authorities (in England and Wales) and the feed industry.
What is the subject of this consultation?
The proposed revised amendments to the statutory Feed Law Code of Practice (for England and Wales), which set out requirements and criteria to which enforcing authorities must have regard when carrying out official controls.
What is the purpose of this consultation?
The FSA is seeking stakeholder comments on its proposed amendments to the Feed Law Code of Practice to better target local authority resources. These include proposals to increase the use of:
- competence based criteria for the authorisation of officials
- earned recognition for feed businesses
In Great Britain, local authorities (LAs) are responsible for the verification of compliance with feed law in feed business establishments. Direction and guidance on the approach that LAs should take is laid out in the statutory Feed Law Code of Practice (the Code). The Code sets out instructions and criteria to which LAs must have regard when discharging their duties in relation to the delivery of official controls. The Code requires periodic revision to ensure that it reflects current enforcement policies so that enforcement action taken by LAs is effective, consistent and proportionate. During 2012 the FSA carried out a review of LA delivery of official feed controls and the FSA Board agreed to the recommendations to improve current LA delivery. The Board acknowledged the significant delivery improvements that had been made following the original Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) audit in 2009 and agreed to a range of actions intended to build on those improvements by continuing to work more collaboratively with LAs and industry stakeholders.
The actions relating to this consultation are:
- give greater recognition to the role of assurance schemes within the feed industry to reduce the burden of inspections and better target feed controls
- ensure LAs and other stakeholders are equipped with appropriate technical knowledge and information by improving the existing FSA feed training programmes
The relevant actions are incorporated in the proposed new Code and include a comprehensive set of competence-based criteria for the authorisation of officers, and the development of earned recognition arrangements to better target resources and improve controls.
This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment (Business Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland) has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.
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