Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2016

FSA Consultation, 26 February 2016

FRAUD - The adulteration of food: setting thresholds for action and reporting – FSA Consultation

The following consultation has been published on the FSA website. See also the attached consultation document: A Consultation Exercise on the Adulteration of Food - Setting Thresholds for Action and for Reporting

We aim to formalise our approach by establishing a clear protocol for how we work with food businesses and other enforcement agencies in response to food adulteration incidents – in particular, how we identify thresholds for reporting and action when a new adulterant without previously agreed thresholds is discovered.

Your views are wanted

We are seeking views on the principles-based approach set out in the attached letter and are keen to understand the potential issues, impact, practicalities and unintended consequences of the proposal, and to hear suggestions for improvement where these arise.

We are seeking views from, amongst others, the food industry and its trade associations, public analysts and food laboratories, the local authority enforcement community (including the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute), consumer and faith groups, commercial standards bodies and relevant EU member state authorities and Commission bodies.

Consultation questions

1. Is the proposed approach clear and pragmatic?

2. Does the proposal provide an appropriate level of protection for consumers and their interests?

3. Do you consider that there will be a disproportionate impact on a particular sector or interest group? If so, what might the costs or benefits be?

4. Do you have any additional or alternative suggestions or proposals?


This consultation will last for a period of 12 weeks. Responses are requested by Friday 20 May 2016.

At the close of the consultation we will review the submissions made to us and amend our incident-handling protocols and approaches to testing as necessary.

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