Food Law News - UK - 1996
15 March 1996: DAIRY - Draft Dairy Products (Hygiene) Amendment Regulations
15th March 1996 - MAFF Letter
DRAFT DAIRY PRODUCTS (HYGIENE) AMENDMENT REGULATIONS
The Dairy Products (Hygiene) Regulations 1995 implement EC Directive 92/46, as amended, which harmonises EC hygiene rules on productions and trade in milk and milk products. Provisions include structural requirements, hygiene and microbiological standards. The Regulations apply to England and Wales.
The purpose of the amending Regulations is to implement:
(1) EC Decision 95/165 laying down uniform criteria for small businesses processing milk based products that wish to benefit from derogations from certain structural and equipment requirements of the Directive. The Decision:
(2) EC Decision 95/340 establishing the list of third countries approved for the export of milk and milk based products to the Euorpean Union.
- increases the upper limit on the amount of milk that can be processed annually by small businesses benefitting from these derogations. This has already been implemented administratively in the UK;
- requires benefitting businesses to keep records that will enable enforcement officers to ascertain that the business complies with the upper limit;
- requires new applicants wishing to benefit from the derogations to apply in writing and to provide information in support of that request;
- requires that derogations should only be given if they do not adversely affect hygieneic conditions of production.
(3) certain other requirements of Directive 92/46, as amended, relating to the levels of somatic cell counts in raw buffaloes' milk for processing into milk products (reflecting EC Corrigenda) and plate counts in pasteurised milk prior to a second heat treatment(ommitted in error from the Dairy Products (Hygiene) Regulations).
Comments were required by 30th April with the plan to implement amending Regulations during June 1996
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