“Thanks to a Government campaign on ineffective bureaucracy, small food manufacturers will benefit from more efficient enforcement of regulation”. That’s what the Department for Business Innovation and Skills wants businesses to believe.
The Government’s Focus on Enforcement campaign looked at how regulation is delivered, not the regulations themselves. Food manufacturers were asked to report on their experience of working with national regulators and local authorities. Acting on feedback received, the Food Standards Agency will (among other things):
- Allow businesses with a good record of compliance fewer inspections
- Deliver enhanced training for enforcement officers
- Work with local authorities to improve consistency in the quality of enforcement, and
- Ensure guidance for the food industry on food safety management is clear and concise
If effectively implemented, smarter enforcement of the regulations will save businesses time, money and unnecessary bureaucracy meaning food businesses can look forward to the return of a common sense approach to regulation as opposed to being hampered by technical breaches.
Posted by Nina Best, who specialises in regulatory matters; entertainment licensing; advertising and marketing law; advice and representation on infringement of Food Safety Manufacturing Product Regulations.
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