Food Law News - UK - 2007

FSA Consultation Letter, 17 August 2007

MEAT HYGIENE - Proposed changes to Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) audit procedures with effect from 1 January 2008

For a copy of the proposals, see: Proposed changes to MHS audit procedures with effect from 1 January 2008

The proposed changes to MHS audit procedures, covered by EU official feed and food regulations from 1 January 2008, are driven by the MHS commitment to increase the quality of our service, increase efficiency and reduce costs. Responses are requested by: 12 October 2007

Consultation details

Simplification of the audit process

In reviewing business processes we have identified a number of improvements which have incorporated in an updated Manual for Official Controls chapter. The main changes to the chapter are:

The main changes to the audit form are:

Publication of food business operators audit reports

The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) gave individuals a legally enforceable general right to know what information is held by public authorities (subject to certain exemptions) and to have this information communicated to them. The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) also came into force on 1 January 2005 and provide a right of public access to a range of environmental information held by public authorities.

MHS audit reports have been released in response to requests made under the above legislation (except for commercial details and a small amount of other information). The FSA has been considering the implications of publication, including the proactive release of finalised audit reports, for the MHS audit process and documentation publication issues with the Meat Hygiene Policy Forum. Please take this aspect into account when considering the proposed arrangements and your response to this consultation.

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