Food Law News - UK - 2008

FSA Consultation Letter 6 May 2008

HYGIENE - FSA issues draft guidance for the enforcement of hygiene regulations for egg production

A copy of the draft guidance is available on this site - see: Draft guidance - egg hygiene enforcement.

The Food Standards Agency seeks views and comments on draft guidance for enforcement bodies for the enforcement of hygiene regulations on egg production sites in the United Kingdom. Responses are requested by: 25 July 2008

Consultation details

The key proposals are to:


A new set of European Commission (EC) consolidated food hygiene regulations applicable throughout the food-chain (from 'farm to fork') came into effect on 1 January 2006.

The introduction of these regulations extended the scope of food hygiene legislation to be applicable on egg production sites for the first time.

Regulation (EC) 852/2004 defines general requirements on the hygiene of foodstuffs and Regulation (EC) 853/2004 lays down specific hygiene requirements for food of animal origin. The Regulations also include specific requirements for egg production sites (specifically annex 1 of EC Regulation 852/2004 and section X, chapter 1 of 853/2004).

Enforcement of the new requirements on egg production sites is undertaken under the auspices of the official feed and food control regulations Regulation (EC) 882/2004. Although the regulation is directly applicable, it is given effect in the UK through parallel statutory instruments in each UK country . These instruments also define the Food Standards Agency as the competent authority for the purposes of the community regulations (except where it has delegated competences as provided for in the community regulations).

Enforcement of the new requirements on egg production sites will be undertaken on behalf of the Agency by the:

To support the effective and consistent enforcement of the new requirements, the Agency contracted ADAS to develop draft guidance on behalf of the Food Standards Agency. Development of this guidance involved piloting the draft guidance through on-farm 'practice' inspections with enforcement inspectors.

To support the guidance, and where required, inspectors have received training to obtain an intermediate certificate in food hygiene and appropriate training in the format and application of the draft guidance materials.

The guidance materials comprise

The guidance is intended for use by bodies responsible for the enforcement of Regulations (EC) 852/2004 and 853/2004 on egg production sites, trade organisations, assurance schemes and individual egg producers to support the understanding of and assist compliance with the requirements of these regulations.

Impact Assessment (IA)

This consultation is not accompanied by an IA because the guidance has been developed only to assist the effective enforcement of this legislation, and we believe it does not place any additional demands on industry or enforcement bodies. If as a result of this consultation we receive any evidence that the guidance will impose any additional burden/costs, we will consider the need to produce an IA then, based on that evidence.

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