Enforcement of European Parliament and Council: Regulations on Additives and Enzymes (Northern Ireland)
Thursday 6 August 2009
All comments and views should be sent to:
Division/Branch Meat Hygiene & Imported
Tel: 028 90417705
Fax: 028 90417726
Responses are requested by: 29 October 2009
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Manufacturers of additives and enzymes and food manufacturers using these products
What is the subject of this consultation?
Enforcement in Northern Ireland of new and revised EC legislation controlling the use of additives and enzymes in food
What is the purpose of this consultation?
To offer stakeholders the opportunity to comment on draft enforcement provisions for the new EC Regulations on additives and enzymes.
In July 2006 the European Commission published proposals for European Parliament and Council Regulations aimed at clarifying and updating the existing legislation on food additives and flavourings and introducing new EC-wide rules on food enzymes, together with a proposal for common authorisation procedures for all three, based on scientific opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). As European Parliament and Council Regulations, they are directly applicable in the UK, however, Statutory Rules (SRs) are required to enforce them and to identify penalties for failure to comply. The Regulation on flavourings will, however, generally apply 12 months later than the Regulations on additives and enzymes and so enforcement provisions for this Regulation will be consulted on next year. The Regulation on a common authorisation procedure does not have any elements which require enforcement in the UK and so it is not part of this consultation. The purpose of this written consultation is to seek stakeholders’ views on enforcement in Northern Ireland of the EC Regulations described in this document. Impact Assessments and draft enforcement SRs for Northern Ireland can be found at Annexes B and C respectively. The Impact Assessments have been prepared by colleagues in England but they are believed to be equally representative of the situation in Northern Ireland. Separate but parallel legislation will be made in England, Scotland and Wales and will be consulted on separately.
The FSA launched a 12 week consultation on the original Commission proposals in September 2006. A copy of that consultation can be found at: www.food.gov.uk/consultations/consultni/2006/improveagentni The UK supports the new Regulations on additives and enzymes and this new consultation seeks your views on provisions for their enforcement in Northern Ireland. Impact Assessments and draft Northern Ireland enforcement SRs for each EC Regulation can be found at Annexes B and C of this consultation document. After this consultation closes, the FSA will reflect on your responses before deciding how to proceed.
Questions asked in this consultation.
For each of the Impact Assessments at Annex B, we would particularly welcome contributions on:
Q1: the costs and benefits of the given options
Q2: administrative burden costs
We also welcome views on the assessments given in each of the Specific Impact Test Annexes at the end of each Impact Assessment and on the draft enforcement SRs at Annex C of this document.
Other relevant documents
European Parliament and Council Regulations on:
Hard copies can be provided on request.
This consultation has been prepared in accordance with the HM Government Code of Practice on Consultation, which states that a consultation must follow better regulation best practice, including carrying out an Impact Assessment (Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland). The assessment is included in the consultation documents.
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