Enforcement of European Parliament and Council: Regulations on Additives and Enzymes (Scotland)
Tuesday 11 August 2009
All comments and views should be sent to:
Food Standards Agency Scotland
Contaminants, Hygiene, Additives & Shellfish Branch
6th Floor, St Magnus House
25 Guild Street
Tel: 01224 285158
Fax: 01224 285167
Responses are requested by: 30 October 2009
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Manufacturers of additives and enzymes and food manufacturers using these products as well as Enforcement Authorities.
What is the subject of this consultation?
Enforcement in Scotland 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 Scottish Statutory Instruments (SSIs) 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 Scotland of the EC Regulations described in this document. The Regulatory Impact Assessments and draft enforcement SSIs for Scotland are attached. Separate, corresponding, SIs will be made in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and will be consulted on separately.
The Food Standards Agency Scotland launched a 12 week consultation on the original Commission proposals in September 2006. Approximately 235 stakeholders were consulted in Scotland. This consultation can be found at: http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/improveagentscotenz.pdf
FSA England consulted over the same period and received 22 comments from stakeholders.
Responses from across the UK helped inform the UK negotiating position and further contact was maintained with a number of industry and consumer groups during Council negotiations. The UK supports the new Regulations on additives and enzymes and this new consultation seeks your views on provisions for their enforcement in Scotland. Regulatory Impact Assessments and draft Scottish enforcement SSIs for each EC Regulation are attached.
After this consultation closes, the FSA Scotland will consider your responses before deciding how to proceed.
FSA Scotland welcome contributions to the following questions on the Regulatory Impact Assessments for Additives and Enzymes:
Q1: the costs and benefits of the given options
Q2: administrative burden costs
European Parliament and Council Regulations on:
These can be accessed at the link below or hard copies can be provided on request.
Responses are required by close 30 October 2009. Please state, in your response, whether you are responding as a private individual or on behalf of an organisation/company (including details of any stakeholders your organisation represents).
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.
We are interested in what you thought of this consultation and would therefore welcome your general feedback on both the consultation package and overall consultation process. If you would like to assist us to improve the quality of future consultations, please feel free to share your thoughts with us by using the consultation feedback questionnaire.
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