Food Hygiene

FSA launches long-awaited raw milk review – an informed choice?

3 February 2014 - 2:23pm -- Gerry Danby
Hook & Son - raw milk fresh from the farm direct to your door

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced the public consultation stage following a policy review of sales of raw drinking milk. The consultation pack which accompanied the announcement last Thursday, 30 January, extends to 191 pages of detailed information and sets out four options for the future. The good news is that the FSA has expressed a preference for continuing raw milk sales under the fourth of the following four options:

Option 1: Do nothing
Option 2: All milk to be pasteurised prior to sale
Option 3: Allow sales of raw drinking milk from all outlets
Option 4: Introduce measures to harmonise and clarify current controls.

In short, in a choice between the status quo, either extreme and somewhere in the middle, a whisker away from the status quo it is the last of these which is preferred by the FSA at this stage.

Food in community centres and village halls – new FSA guidance

7 August 2013 - 3:45pm -- Gerry Danby
Food in village halls

When serving food in a community setting confusion often arises when considering the extent to which domestic and EU food law applies and so must be followed. Do I need to register as a food business operator? Do the food hygiene rules have to be met in full? If not, what are my obligations? The questions go on … and on.

The Food Standards Agency abandons raw milk prosecution – did the penny finally drop?

16 May 2013 - 1:04pm -- Gerry Danby
Steve Hook

In January 2013 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced that it was to prosecute Steve Hook, the pioneering Dairy Farmer of the Year 2012 finalist, of Hook and Son and Selfridges for selling raw milk by means of a vending machine. The news came as no great surprise since Hook and Son’s regular newsletter on 15 January had foreshadowed the FSA’s announcement. In May, just four months later, the prosecution is dropped. Did the FSA come to regret their decision to prosecute?

Food Standards Agency highlights key issues for consumers and diners – impressions matter

30 January 2012 - 10:49am -- Gerry Danby

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) released details of its regular survey of public concerns about food related issues earlier this month. The survey is based on research involving a representative sample of 2,076 adults carried out in November 2011.

Cutting red tape in the use of community halls selling or serving food

9 January 2012 - 5:46pm -- Gerry Danby

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is, as a part of the Government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’, carrying out a consultation on  how food law applies to community halls, including village and church halls, which are used for the preparation, sale or supply of food. The idea is to come up with proposals that will reduce the legislative burden on those using community halls for events involving food.


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