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Food Broker Businesses

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the Food Standards Agency in establishing a timetable for the comprehensive inspection and licensing of food broker businesses. (79495)

Food brokers do not have to be licensed under the new European Union hygiene regulations, but they are required to register their establishments with the appropriate local authority. Local authorities’ food hygiene inspection programmes are planned on a risk-based approach laid down in the statutory Food Law Code of Practice, to which enforcers must have regard. This code also covers circumstances at a food establishment that may warrant an inspection outside the planned inspection programme.