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									Food Standards Agency
       Sandie Yeats
   Enforcement Division
 Enforcement - The Agency’s
       Strategic Aims
Priority areas for next 5 years

 Food Safety
 Eating for Health
              Strategic Aims
We aim to :
  Work closely with local authorities
  – support in raising standards of food safety
  – effective training

  Change how LA activities are reported
  – to recognise important educational & advisory role
  – develop ways to measure outcomes
EU Food Hygiene Legislation
   EU Food Hygiene Legislation


   New EU Regulations applied from 1
   January 2006 to all food businesses.
   These are now directly applicable law.
   FSA continues work to apply the
   legislation in the UK - notably establishing
   enforcement regime for primary
   production activities.
      EU Food Hygiene Legislation

• National legislation (in the form of Statutory
  Instruments or SIs) in place for England,
  Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to
  give effect to the EU legislation.
• The England SI is the Food Hygiene
  (England) Regulations 2006
  (SI 14/2006).
     EU Food Hygiene Legislation


• Instructions for enforcement community
• Generic guidance material to the law for
Both can be found on the Agency’s web site
  EU Food Hygiene Legislation

• Guidance available on HACCP implementation,
  on Regulation (EC) 852/2004 and on
  Regulation (EC) 853/2004
• Link to relevant part of EU web site:
  EU Food Hygiene Legislation

• FSA Board agreed criteria for inspections in
  December 2005
• Local Authorities selected as preferred
  Enforcement body in England and Wales
• Will cover food hygiene enforcement on those
  primary production sectors not currently
  covered (i.e. all except dairy and eggs)
  EU Food Hygiene Legislation

• Delivers a ‘farm to fork’ approach to
• Proposal is for an evidence-driven regime using
  information from Farm Assurance schemes
• FSA working with LACoRS, the industry and
  Farm Assurance schemes to establish
  nature of the enforcement regime
  EU Food Hygiene Legislation

• The Agency is developing training material
  and will be running day courses across
  England in the late autumn 2006 for Local
• By this time, the likely nature of the regime
  will be better established.
  EU Food Hygiene Legislation

• Training will cover legislation, identification of
  on farm hazards, enforcement action and will
  emphasise authorised officers’ role in giving
  business advice to the farming community.
• LACoRS proactively inputting into the
  development of the training courses and
  will be supporting the events.
  EU Food Hygiene Legislation
• A consultation on the enforcement regime for
  primary production can be found
• Information for producers can be found on the
  Agency’s web site at:
Further proposed
implementing measures
Can be found on:
SI to be amended to give effect to these
measures later this year or early next
 Code of Practice

Code of Practice and
Practice Guidance for
 England issued on

  10 March 2006
            Code of Practice
Documents are available on the Code of Practice (England) page
on the Agency’s website at:


Hard copies of the documents were also sent out to Food

Web page also provides links to legislation and guidance relevant
to the new hygiene legislation.

Comprehensive summary of changes provided in
annexes to covering letter announcing the issue of
the documents (a link to which is also on the Code web
page) and to a similar letter accompanying hard copies.
             Code of Practice
Headline Changes
  Provision of model forms and guidance on use of Notices and
  Certificates in connection with the Food Hygiene (England)
  Regulations 2006 (CoP, Annex 7 / CoP + PG, Chapters 3.1-

  Experience / Qualification requirements updated to reflect
  enforcement provisions of the Food Hygiene (England)
  Regulations 2006 (CoP, Chapter 1.2).
  Administrative arrangements for the registration of food
  business establishments set out (CoP, Chapter 1.5).
  Guidance on approvals under new hygiene legislation
  and new set of approvals forms (CoP, Section 5 / PG
            Code of Practice
Headline Changes (Continued)

  New guidance on approach to enforcement in respect of the
  requirement for food safety management procedures based on
  the HACCP principles (PG, Annex 13).

  New guidance on the import of food from third countries
  (PG, Annex 14).

  The Agency, from 1 April 2006 has been the designated body
  for liaison with other Member States, the work having being
  transferred from LACORS (CoP + PG, Chapter 2.5).
          Code of Practice

  The Agency is grateful to colleagues for the helpful
   comments and feedback communicated, whether in
 response to consultation or on an informal basis, during
  the development of the Code of Practice and Practice

Input from Food Authorities was greatly appreciated.
Safer Food Better Business
Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB)
   Package of support materials

 SFBB Catering Packs

 – 128,800 packs distributed in England since
   launch in September 2005
 – report on packs sent out to food
   businesses/individuals following requests
Package of support materials
SFBB Toolkit
 – Leaflet
 – Reference copy of SFBB pack
 – CD of support material
      workshop presentation
      evaluation guidance / form
      coaching tips
Coaching Courses
 – SFBB coaching - over 900 EHPs trained
National “Call off” Contract - CMI
                SFBB Retail Pack
UK-wide launch in May 2006
- the same branding and similar format to the catering pack
- pack was developed with the help of the BRC, SPAR, Snax 24
and the ACS.
- 12,680 packs distributed
        Special Grant Scheme
    Progress/News from 1st tranche

- 5.5 million allocated in September 2005
- 54 projects covering 157 authorities
- 28,500 businesses to receive support and training
from grant funded LAs by March 2007
- Positive reaction from businesses
- Contracts working well
- Response since 1 January - increased seminar
attendance and 1:1 coaching
             Special Grant Scheme
             News from 2nd tranche
The deadline for applications has now passed.

  68 grant applications received
  Grants will be awarded on a phased basis
  Priority will be given to
  - those applications who have secured funding from
  other sources
  - applicants that received no funding, or limited
  funding in the 1st tranche
                 SFBB - Future

  Adaptations to the pack

  - Safe methods for Chinese and Indian cuisines
  - a management supplement on catering for vulnerable
  client groups
  - International Licensing of the pack
  - training for staff independent of language
  - supportive information in other languages on the 4C’s

• Revision of the Catering pack
• Revision of the Toolkit
- to include support material on the retail pack
 Special Grant Scheme - Future

Regional Forums


Regional Presence Unit - supporting the
implementation of SFBB
   Packs available from the FSA’s publications distributors
on 0845 606 0667, or e-mail
The EU Regulation 2073/2005
on Microbiological Criteria
 The EU Regulation 2073/2005 on
     Microbiological Criteria
Came into force 11 January 2006

Supports the Food Hygiene Regulations and has
been implemented through and SI amending these

Reviews and consolidates existing criteria

Guidance for businesses has been produced

Guidance for enforcers will be prepared with
relevant stakeholders
   The EU Regulation 2073/2005 on
       Microbiological Criteria
Applies to ALL food business operators involved in
the production and handling of food.
The Regulation is not intended to increase the
amount of testing carried out by the authorities or
food businesses and in some cases no sampling will
be required to demonstrate compliance with the
The criteria must be considered within the scope of
the food business’ food safety management plans.
The EU Regulation 2073/2005 on
Microbiological Criteria
 Sampling and testing is only part of a range of
 measures officer should use to determine
 compliance with the Regulation.
 Officer should consider all the evidence
 provided by the business including the food
 safety management procedures in place and
 any sampling and testing carried out by the
 business when assessing compliance.
 Authorities will only take additional samples if
 they have concerns about the procedures or
 they consider there has been insufficient
          Support for Local Authorities

Fighting Fund
   The Agency has agreed a process developed through its
   Enforcement Liaison Group. This sets out criteria for LAs
   who wish to apply for Agency support for their
   enforcement work and for the Agency to consider such
   Applications to the Fund may be to pay for surveillance,
   food storage and destruction costs, legal expenses,or
   other ancillary costs associated with investigations.
   Decisions on the nature and extent of financial support
   will be made on a case by case basis and will take
   account of the limited Agency resources available.
           Support for Local Authorities
Food Fraud Database

   In line with the FSA’s 2005 – 2010 Strategic Plan, the
   Agency has developed a national Food Fraud Database.
   The database utilises specialist intelligence software
   used by other intelligence agencies including a number
   of police forces. Once fully operational, this will be used
   to assess and monitor reported food fraud.

   Information about suspect or illicit activity will be
   gathered from various sources, including from local
   authorities and is expected to be an additional useful tool
   to assist them in combating food fraud.
          Support for Local Authorities
Illegal Meat Task Force

   comprised of 24 local authority enforcement
   officers, specially trained by the Agency in
   advance investigation skills.

   They are available, upon request to the FSA, to
   assist other enforcers investigating illegal meat
         Support for Local Authorities
Food Fraud Task Force

   Following the investigation last year into a coldstore which
   was illegally repackaging and re-labelling meat products,
   the Board agreed to establish a Task Force to review the
   measures in place to tackle the trade in illegal meat and all
   other food fraud activities.
   An independent Chair has been appointed and the
   membership has been confirmed.
   The Task Force held its first meeting in June at which the
   proposed Terms of Reference and the provisional timetable
   were agreed.
 Training for Enforcement Officers

Agency currently allocating £180,000 per annum to
provide refresher training for local authority enforcement
In 2005/06, 33 training events were held and to date over
3,300 officers have attended courses in this programme.
Alternative methods of training have also been
investigated. During March 2006, a facility to give local
authorities access to on-line training courses was piloted.
This was made available to 25 authorities.
A video on sampling has also been produced and
distributed to all local authorities.
      Training for Enforcement Officers
Throughout the remainder of the current financial
year, a number of training courses have already been
Courses already arranged are as follows:
   HACCP Assessment for Enforcement Officers;
    Proactive Investigation Skills;
    Vacuum Packing and Modified Atmosphere
    Application of Good Hygiene Practice and
    HACCP Principles in the Making of Speciality
Further courses are being developed
Proposed “Scores on the Doors” Pilot
To improve transparency in Food Hygiene we are
considering the introduction of a nation-wide “Scores on
the Doors” scheme.

Schemes already exist in Denmark, some parts of North
America, and Singapore.

We are currently working with a number of local
authorities who are keen to pilot different approaches to
support our research.

Any scheme to be piloted would have the score
displayed prominently on the premises and also
available via a website.

Pilots are scheduled to start this year and the launch
will be considered at the June Board meeting.
     Imported Food - Update
Keep building on Step Change work

FSA continues to support LA control of imported
food, including illegal imports

Essential that all LAs consider imported food as
part of their routine functions (eg traceability &
origin checks) and authorise staff appropriately

FSA now looking for results from LAs as
support package has been in place for
some time
      Imported Food 2005-6
Training: more planned; new resource pack v4.0

Guidance reviewed to reflect OFFC

Audits - imported food issues now in general

Sampling and surveillance - funding for 2006-07
   Imported Food 2005-6
Intelligence sharing between HMRC and LAs

GRAIL database on-line development to be
launched September 2006

New importers leaflet for LAs

Enquiry Point: Tel 020 7276 8018
Hampton Report - Update

Streamlining regulators and regulatory

Wine Standards Board - was merged with the
FSA on 1 July
Hampton Report - Update
LBRO - the Chancellor announced in the Pre-Budget report
2005 that a Local Better Regulation Office would be established,
building on the work of the Local Authority Better Regulation

Better Regulation -               the admin burdens
measurement exercise is complete; our draft simplification plan
has been published, but is rolling, so ideas always welcome!
See ‘Better Regulation Initiatives’ section on our website for
further details
         FSA Campaign on Salt

• Government target to reduce average population
  intakes to 6g a day by 2010
• 75% of salt in the diet comes from processed
  food - clear need to work with the food industry
• Published salt targets in March 2006 which
  covers 85 product categories
• Review in 2008
• Self reporting framework
Public Awareness
Atypical scrapie in sheep and
Atypical scrapie, a brain disease of the type
known as transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies (TSEs) that affects sheep
and goats
There is no evidence to date that atypical
scrapie can infect humans, although a
theoretical risk cannot be excluded.
The Agency’s advice on the risk of eating
sheep and goats remains unchanged. The
FSA is not advising people to stop eating
sheep or goat meat or products.
Removal of Bovine Vertebral
Column (VC) in Butchers’
UK SRM controls were harmonised with those in
other Member States on 3rd May;
Reduction of age for removal of bovine VC as SRM
was the most significant impact;
FSA took up derogation allowing removal of VC from
24-30m bovine carcases in butchers’;
Local authorities are responsible for the
authorisation, registration and monitoring of
interested butcher establishments.
Butcher Take-up

Take-up has so far been disappointing;
Thought to be due to a perception of authorisation
process being too complex;
FSA will shortly be writing LAs to ask them to contact
butchers again to encourage application for
Interim measures put in place to ease transition will
cease to apply on 31 July.
Review Of Monitoring
 Monitoring Review Longer Term
Thorough review; input from LACORS and LAs.
Proposals to take account of Hampton principles.
Policy of interventions. CoP will have to be
Proposing Outcome Measures for deeming if
premises are “broadly compliant”.
Developing a matrix for overall assessment of each
LAs’ food law enforcement.
Aiming to complete review in 2006.
Implementation in 2007-08.
    Monitoring Review: Actions
First consultation of all LAs completed in 2005.
Review re-launched March 2006.
Second consultation July 2006.
Have held a third round of meetings with groups of
LAs to discuss review.
Further round of meetings with IT software
Newsletters: March, May, August 2005, April and
August 2006.
You have opportunities to comment - use
FSA Audits - Activity to Date (England)
 70 Full Audits
 Focused Audits:
  – 15 on food sampling
  – 15 on formal enforcement
  – 28 on imported food
  – 15 on internal monitoring and IAA
  – 20 on statistical monitoring returns
  – 30 on advice to business, promotion & Home Authority
 Individual audit reports, focused audit summary reports
 and Q&A briefing on audits all published
 Responsibility for the external audit of the MHS
       Audit Outcomes So Far

112 Action Plans fully implemented and audits closed
39 Updated Action Plans published on Agency website
awaiting further review
Good practice published on Agency/LACORS website
87% of LAs reported improvements in service following
February 2006 board paper requested review of Local
Authority Audit Scheme and Framework Agreement
Communications with the
  Communications with the Agency

 Effective communication between the FSA and
    local authorities is extremely important to:
help enforcers receive the information they need
        to carry out their work efficiently
help the Agency meet its strategic aim of ensuring
    proportionate, consistent and transparent
           enforcement arrangements

      Agency's web site already plays a key
           role in this communication
           Enforcement Portal
Consulted local authorities on making FSA web site more
                 useful and accessible
              Launched September 2003
 FSA Letters to Local Authorities
Portal also includes copies of referenced FSA letters to local
authorities on enforcement issues

You can check that you have seen all generic
correspondence using the registers of letters at:
Dedicated FSA email box within local
May 2005 - Agency asked all Environmental Health Departments in
England to have a dedicated ‘Food Standards Agency’ email box within
their local authority

For Agency to cascade information, including Food Alerts

Currently being trailed.

Anticipated that it will be an improvement on the current system

Comments can be sent to the enforcement mailbox at:
    Working in Partnership

Local Authorities are key delivery partners.
Need to continue finding ways to make that
relationship work
          Thank You

A copy of this presentation can be found at:

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