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Food Safety Act

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of the Food Safety Act 1990; what recent representations she has received about the operation of this Act; and whether she has plans to amend this Act. (80198)

The Food Safety Act 1990 is the main statute on food safety and standards in Great Britain. It was, however, substantially amended in 2004 to take account of Regulation (EC) 178/2002, which lays down some general principles and requirements of food law within the European Union.

A code of practice produced under section 40 of the Act lays down enforcement procedures and was revised this year along with the accompanying guidance.

The Food Standards Agency has received no recent representations about the operation of the Act and there are no plans to amend it further.