Food Law News - EU - 2006

FSA News Item, 20 October 2006

HYGIENE - Applying EU hygiene regulations in the dairy sector

The Agency has today written to enforcement authorities across the UK outlining a revised approach to the application of EU hygiene rules in the dairy sector.

This action follows the decision by the European Commission prohibiting the placing on the market of curd cheese produced by a dairy establishment in the UK. The decision sets out how dairy hygiene legislation, as it applies to antibiotic testing of milk, should be operated. Member States accepted the decision at the Standing Committee for the Food Chain and Animal Health on 6 October.

At an EU-wide meeting in Brussels on Wednesday 18 October, the Commission made a commitment to discuss the issue of antibiotic testing of milk with a wide range of experts across the EU. The Commission is particularly interested in the possibility of developing a rapid test that can detect all antibiotics subject to Maximum Residue Limits. It also gave a commitment to undertake a risk assessment of cheese recovery operations, involving EFSA as necessary.

Letter to UK authorities.

In its letter, the FSA has made it clear to enforcement authorities that they should take immediate steps to ensure that hygiene rules are enforced at approved dairy establishments in the following way:

A copy of the letter sent to enforcement authorties is available on this site: Application of EU hygiene rules in the dairy sector Letter issued to local authorities in England

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