Food Law News - UK - 1999

21 January 1999: MILK - New Milk Hygiene Regulations

MAFF News Release (25/99), 21 January 1999

New Milk Hygiene Regulations

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today issued consultative proposals to amend, update and consolidate the Dairy Products (Hygiene) Regulations 1995 in accordance with our EC obligations. These Regulations implement Directive 92/46/EEC laying down the health rules for the production and marketing of milk and milk based products in England and Wales.

The most significant changes to the Dairy Products (Hygiene) Regulations 1995 are:

A draft Regulatory Impact Assessment, which indicates that there is unlikely to be any significant impact on the dairy industry as a result of this consolidation, has been issued for comment. The closing date for responses is 23 April 1999.

The draft Regulations are accompanied by a draft Regulatory Impact Assessment and revised draft statutory Code of Practice (No 18) and Guidance for enforcement officers.

Directive 92/46/EEC was adopted in June 1992 (OJ Reference L268 14.9.92). Subsequent amendments are listed in Schedule 2 to the proposed Regulations.

The new Regulations will replace and revoke the Dairy Products (Hygiene) Regulations 1995, as amended.

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The Minister announced the outcome of the review of raw cows' drinking milk policy in MAFF press release 23/99 dated 20 January 1999. The legislative changes required as a result of the review will be the subject of separate consultations.

Comments on the proposals, the Regulatory Impact Assessment and the draft Code of Practice and Guidance should be sent to: Miss Catherine Davies, Food Hygiene Division, MAFF, JFSSG, Room 429A, Ergon House, c/o Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P, 3JR. (Fax No 0171 238 6745)

Responses should arrive no later than 23 April 1999.

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