19th May 2023
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking views on its proposed modernisation of the food hygiene delivery model operating in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In the opinion of the FSA, the food hygiene delivery model, particularly the intervention rating scheme that drives planned interventions, remains generally fit for purpose in terms of protecting consumers. However, there are a number of challenges associated with it that have emerged over recent years as the pace of change in the food industry has increased.
According to Katie Pettifer, Director for Strategy and Regulatory Compliance, “The food landscape has changed dramatically in the three decades since the current regulatory system was introduced, as has the way we buy and consume food. We want people to have food they can trust. So we want to make sure local authorities and district councils can target their resources as effectively as possible as we develop a food hygiene regulatory model that is fit for the future. Our proposals will enable local authorities to spend more of their time on food businesses that are non-compliant or pose the highest risk to public health, thereby reducing regulatory burdens on compliant or low-risk businesses.”
The FSA is seeking views from local authorities and district councils, food business operators, third-party assurance organisations for food safety, professional awarding bodies for environmental health and trading standards, trade unions and other interested groups on the following proposed developments:
The consultation closes on 30 June 2023 and all comments and views should be included in the consultation response form and emailed to email@example.com