Food Law News - UK - 1997

9 April 1997: ADMINISTRATION - Review of Section 40 Codes of Practice

DH Letter, 9 April 1997

Review of Section 40 Codes of Practice No 16 and Annexes 1 and 1(i) of No 9

The above Codes are issued under Section 40 of the Food Safety Act and establish procedures for the enforcement of food legislation. A general review of all the Codes is currently underway but, following the recommendations of the Pennington Group (in particular the Interim Report), the Department of Health has issued draft revisions of Code No 16 and the Annexes of Code No 9.

The revision of Code 16 includes the following:

Certain other changes are proposed relating to the mechanism for issuing food hazard warnings and the categories used for the warning notifications.

The amendments to the Annexes of Code 9 are designed to increase the frequency of inspection of those premises where there is a risk of foods being contaminated with certain microorganisms. This is achieved by introducing an additional score of 20 points in the Inspection Rating Scheme for any premises where there is a significant risk of food being contaminated with E.coli O157, other VTEC or Clostridium bolulinum. This will mean that all premises in Category B which attract this additional score will move to Category A and many premises in Category C will move to Category B. These changes in classification will mean changes in inspection frequencies from one inspection every 12 months to one every 6 months; and one every 18 months to one every 12 months respectively.

Comments on the changes are requested by 9 May 1997.

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