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FSA Consultation, 4 July 2016
This consultation seeks views on extending audit frequencies for those Food Business Operators (FBOs) who currently have had Good, and Generally Satisfactory outcomes over two successive FSA audit cycles. The aim is to provide recognition for FBOs who have sustained a high level of compliance over consecutive audit cycles, without increasing risks to consumers.
About this consultation
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Enforcement bodies carrying out official controls (competent authorities) on behalf of the FSA and Food Business Operators (FBOs) in FSA approved meat establishments.
What is the subject of this consultation?
Proposed changes are to further extend Food Standards Agency (FSA) audit frequencies for those Food Business Operators (FBOs) who currently have had Good (18 month frequency), and Generally Satisfactory (12 month frequency) outcomes over two successive FSA audits cycles.
Further extending audit frequencies aims to provide recognition for FBOs who have sustained a high level of compliance over consecutive audit cycles with an aim to ultimately reducing footfall resulting from official control activities without increasing risk to consumer protection or confidence.
What is the purpose of this consultation?
To seek stakeholders' views on the extension of audit frequencies in the draft audit proposal and evidence towards our initial impact assessment (Annex B) of the proposals on England, Wales and Northern Ireland stakeholders.
The proposal aligns with wider government initiatives including reducing the burden on business by reducing the number of visits and streamlining and targeting enforcement activity on the basis of risk.
For a copy of the Consultation Document available on this site, see: Extension of audit frequencies at FSA approved meat establishments within England, Wales and Northern Ireland