FSA Consultation Letter, 23 May 2005
The Agency is seeking comments on the Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate Guide to Farm Inspections – Operating Procedure. Responses are requested by: 23 August 2005.
To see a copy of the document, see: Draft Guide to Farm Inspections – Operating Procedures
The key proposal is:
Article 8(1) of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on Official Feed and Food Controls requires Competent Authorities to carry out official controls in accordance with documented procedures. These procedures should contain information and instructions for staff performing the official controls.
The Operating Procedures will underpin the requirements of Article 8(1) of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, and concern the enforcement of Regulations (EC) Nos 852/2004 and 853/2004 at milk production holdings. These are new directly applicable EU Regulations that are being implemented from 1 January 2006 .
The draft Operating Procedures set out procedures, which the Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate should follow when enforcing food law at dairy production holdings.
We believe the financial impact of the draft Operating Procedures on food businesses to be neutral. The EU review of food hygiene law as it applies to milk production made very little change to the rules in respect of production holdings. The draft Operating Procedures essentially maintain the current approach to enforcement in this area.
In the circumstances, a Regulatory Impact Assessment has not been prepared. Please use this opportunity to inform the FSA of any costs and burdens associated with these proposals and whether you agree with the FSA view.