The BHA continues to work with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in London on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and the FSA in Scotland on the Food Hygiene Information Scheme to ensure consistency of enforcement by Local Authorities. We have responded to the Welsh Assembly Government’s consultation on the compulsory display of Hygiene Ratings. Our response states the industry’s view which is that more time should be allowed to develop the scheme and address key questions as expressed by the BHA. This follows our success in having the proposal for compulsory display rejected at the Committee Stage of the London Authorities Bill in 2011.
We will encourage better regulation policies including further development of the Primary Authority Scheme for multi site businesses. We will also work with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to implement “earned autonomy” for those businesses which meet recognised standards of food safety to reduce the levels of inspections by Local Authorities and thereby reduce costs.
The BHA will continue to work with the FSA on the review of controls with respect to ‘Feed and Food’ stuffs. The aim of this review is to improve the consistency of enforcement of food and feed controls carried out by Food Authorities and ensure that they are” fit for purpose.”
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