We are seeking views on the principles-based approach set out in the attached letter and are keen to understand the potential issues, impact, practicalities and unintended consequences of the proposal, and to hear suggestions for improvement where these arise.
We are seeking views from, amongst others, the food industry and its trade associations, public analysts and food laboratories, the local authority enforcement community (including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute), consumer and faith groups, commercial standards bodies and relevant EU member state authorities and Commission bodies.
- Is the proposed approach clear and pragmatic?
- Does the proposal provide an appropriate level of protection for consumers and their interests?
- Do you consider that there will be a disproportionate impact on a particular sector or interest group? If so, what might the costs or benefits be?
- Do you have any additional or alternative suggestions or proposals?
This consultation will last for a period of 12 weeks. Responses are requested by Friday 20 May 2016.
At the close of the consultation we will review the submissions made to us and amend our incident-handling protocols and approaches to testing as necessary.
You can email your comments to FoodIncidents@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk