Post implementation review of the Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2013

Last updated:
7 February 2018
The Food Standards Agency is carrying out a post implementation review of the Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2013. Details of the review are available in a draft report.

About this consultation

The Contaminants in Food (England) regulations 2013 make provisions for implementing and enforcing the EU legislation on chemical contaminants in food.

We asked a few key stakeholders for their views on whether these Regulations have met their objectives and whether the costs and benefits we estimated in the Impact Assessment were correct.  We have used their comments and views to draft the report.

Within the draft report there are a series of questions that we would welcome responses to. These are also copied below.
 

Consultation pack

PDF file Review of CiF(516.92 KB)

All comments and views should be sent to

Ian Smith

All comments and views should be sent by email to ian.smith@food.gov.uk, or by post to:
Ian Smith, Food Standards Agency
6 Floor, Clive House 70 Petty France LONDON SW1H 9EX
Responses are requested by Fri 9 March 2018

Responses are requested by: Friday, 9 March 2018

Consultation questions:

Q1 We invite stakeholders to provide evidence if they believe that the actual familiarisation costs incurred were higher or lower than our estimates in 2013

Q2 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether there any other one-off or ongoing costs/ benefits to industry and enforcement officers as a direct result of the Regulations that should have been considered? 

Q3 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether they agree that the 2013 Regulations have achieved their general objective of protecting consumer health by keeping contaminants at acceptable levels.

Q4 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether they agree that the 2013 Regulations have achieved their objective of ensuring that maximum levels set for nitrate in lettuce, spinach and rocket in England are sufficient to protect consumer health but are also achievable. 

Q5 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether the 2013 Regulations have achieved their objective of ensuring that levels for coccidiostats and histomonostats in food in England are sufficient to protect consumer health by setting maximum levels for their presence in food resulting from the unavoidable carry-over in non-targeted feed. 

Q6 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether the revocation of the Mineral Hydrocarbons in Food Regulations 1966 has achieved the objective of simplifying legislation and whether there have been any benefits to industry and enforcement officers as a direct result of this simplification

Q7 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether the revocation and remaking of the Erucic Acid in Food Regulations 1977 and inclusion in the 2013 Regulations have achieved the objective of simplifying legislation and whether there have been any benefits to industry and enforcement officers as a direct result of this simplification.

Q8 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether the provision of ambulatory reference has been beneficial to industry and enforcement officers by providing a single point of reference.

Q9 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether the objectives of the 2013 Regulations remain appropriate, if so, the extent to which they can be achieved within a framework that imposes less regulation.

Q10 We invite stakeholders to comment on whether the enforcement of the Regulations on contaminants leads to extra burdens on businesses compared to its implementation in other Member States

We would welcome any other comments you may wish to make on this draft report. The responses we receive from this consultation will be incorporated in a final report which will then be published along with any recommendations, on our website as the Post Implementation Review of the Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2013.

Publication of response summary

Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.

In accordance with the FSA principle of openness we shall keep a copy of the completed consultation and responses, to be made available to the public on request. The summary of responses may include personal data, such as your full name. Disclosure of any other personal data would be made only upon request for the full consultation responses. If you do not want this information to be released, please complete and return the Publication of Personal Data Form. Return of this form does not mean that we will treat your response to the consultation as confidential, just your personal data.

Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment 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.