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FSA Consultation, 4 September 2018
The FSA has published the following consultation document. The consultation closes on the 14 October 2018
FSA Consultation: Proposed Approach to Retained EU Law for Food and Feed Safety and Hygiene
A copy of this document is available on this site (click on image).
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
All United Kingdom food and animal feed businesses, local authorities, and other stakeholders with an interest in food and animal feed law.
What is the subject of this consultation?
This consultation concerns food and animal feed regulation, EU exit, and corrections that ministers propose to make under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA) to retained EU law relating to food and animal feed safety and hygiene, with particular regard to the functions of certain EU bodies and institutions.
What is the purpose of this consultation?
To seek the views of businesses, consumers, other stakeholders and the wider public as to the corrections ministers propose to make to retained EU law relating to food and animal feed.
The following is the opening section of the document:
Proposed Approach to Retained EU Law for Food and Feed Safety and Hygiene
DETAIL OF CONSULTATION
The United Kingdom referendum, held on the 23 June 2016, resulted in a majority vote to leave the European Union. On 26 June 2018, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA) was passed.
The EUWA provides that, on exit from the EU, certain directly applicable EU legislation will be converted into UK law. In this Consultation, we refer to the converted law as “retained EU law”.
The EUWA also provides ministers with powers to make corrections to retained EU law, so that it operates effectively as UK law. These corrections will be made by way of statutory instruments, which departments are now preparing.
This consultation concerns corrections which ministers propose to make to retained EU law relating to food and animal feed safety and hygiene, with particular regard to the functions of certain EU bodies and institutions.
The Government is confident that it will agree a deep and special partnership with the EU, good progress has been made on many issues. Whilst the Government is confident in agreeing a good deal for both sides, the Government must continue to prepare for all scenarios, including the unlikely outcome that we leave the EU without any deal in March 2019. This contingency planning is for a scenario that the Government does not expect to happen, but people should be reassured that the Government is taking a responsible approach to negotiations. The Government recognises that under a ‘no deal’ scenario business and citizens would need time to adjust, therefore to minimise disruption, our focus will be on maintaining continuity in the short-term. The Objective will be to ensure that people are able to continue living their lives as normal.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA)'s priority is to maintain the UK’s high standards of food and feed safety.