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NEXT STEPS IN IMPLEMENTING EC FOOD HYGIENE REGULATIONS

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Regulations which simplify food safety law should be laid in the summer of 1994. They will come into force 12 month...
Regulations which simplify food safety law should be laid in the summer of 1994. They will come into force 12 months later.

Baroness Cumberlege, Parliamentary Secretary at the Department of Health, today announced the new Regulations following consultation with her colleagues in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Scottish Office and the Welsh Office.

Announcing the results of the consultation on implementing the EC Directive oh the Hygiene of Foodstuffs (93/43/EEC), Baroness Cumberlege said: 'This decision takes full account of responses to the consultation letter issued in August which suggested that the regulations should come into effect in the autumn of 1994, fifteen months ahead of the EC deadline.

'It was clear from the responses that a slightly longer timetable was preferred, though there was also wide support in principle for early implementation given that the Directive is very much in line with the Government's deregulation programme. The timetable has therefore been extended.

'The EC Directive is a significant part of the Government's deregulatory approach for food law and will replace most existing general food hygiene legislation. It was a major success of our Presidency of the EC a year ago. it is important that the Directive is implemented effectively.

'I look forward to the implementation of this less prescriptive food hygiene law which stresses the responsibility for food businesses themselves to assess and control risks . It will help industry and and enforcers to work together in achieving the production of safe foods.'

The first edition of an information bulletin will be issued to interested parties this month to keep them informed of the progress on implementation.

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