FSA News Item, 17 December 2013
The Food Standards Agency’s seventh statement of new regulation lists all domestic regulations within scope of One-in Two-out (OITO) and EU-derived domestic legislative measures coming into force in the period 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2014.
The FSA's latest statement of new regulation lists all domestic measures within scope of One-in Two-out; and EU-derived domestic legislative measures (European measures requiring Statutory Instruments to bring them into force) coming into force in the period 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2014. No Red Tape Challenge commitments requiring a change to regulations are being delivered during this period. Further information on FSA’s Red Tape Challenge initiatives can be found via the link on this page.
The UK Government’s One-in, Two-out (OITO) rule applies from 1 January 2013. It replaced the One-in, One-out policy. Under OITO, any new domestic regulation that imposes a net cost on businesses must be offset by a reduction of twice the regulatory costs elsewhere. Our sixth statement of new regulation (SNR6), which covered 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013, estimated that our OITO balance at the end of December 2013 would be a net saving to business of £1m from revisions to the Food Law Code of Practice. Implementation of the revised Food Law Code of Practice has been delayed to January 2014 and our OITO balance at the end of December 2013 will be a zero net cost to business.
The One-in, Two-out policy applies to England only for devolved matters such as food and feed policy. More information on OITO can be found on the GOV.UK website via this link.
The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (England) and the Animal Feed (Amendment) Regulations 2013 were first reported in the sixth statement of new regulation (as the ‘Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013’). They are included in the current statement because implementation has been delayed until 17 January 2014.
The measures that were to be contained in the Food Safety, Food Hygiene and Official Controls (Sprouting Seeds) (England) Regulations 2013, reported in the sixth statement of new regulation have been included in the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 (also reported on the sixth statement of regulation), which will come into force on 31 December 2013.
Revised Food Law Code of Practice (England)
Impact assessment number: FOOD0074
To increase the consistency of approach taken by local authority enforcement officers by updating and clarifying the text used to describe the level of risk and to reduce the inspection burden on lower risk establishments.
Coming into force: January 2014
Further information: The Food Law Code of Practice Review
Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (England) and the Animal Feed (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Impact assessment number: FOOD0049
To implement new EU rules, following a feed contamination incident in Germany in December 2010, to require the approval of processors and blenders of fats and oils of vegetable origin, and lay down requirements for the sampling and monitoring of fats and oils of vegetable and marine origin for dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Coming into force: 17 January 2014
Further information: Commission Regulation (EU) No 225/2012 and The approval of establishments producing and processing certain fats and oils
Feed Law Code of Practice
Impact assessment number: FOOD0137
To introduce an extended scheme of earned recognition in the regulation of feed business that recognises good business compliance with feed law.
Coming into force: 6 April 2014
Further information: The Feed Law Code of Practice Review
Food with Added Phytosterols or Phytostanols (Labelling) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
Impact assessment number: FOOD0034
These amending Regulations ensure the proper implementation of EU law which allows businesses to make additional claims that products containing added plant sterols and stanols can lower blood cholesterol.
Coming into force: February 2014
Further information: Commission Regulation (EU) No 718/2013