An overview of the Food Safety Act 1990. Basis of food law – definition of ‘food’ – extended meaning of ‘sale’ of food – human consumption – food authorities. Offences – food injurious to health – failure to comply with food safety provisions – food not of nature, substance or quality demanded – falsely describing food. Defences – fault of another person – due diligence – publication in course of business. Power to inspect and seize food. Improvement notices. Prohibition orders. Public analysts and the Government Chemist.
General Food Safety
Food hygiene. Rendering food injurious to health – contamination, adding substances, ingredients, abstracting constituents, and subjecting food to a process or treatment – human consumption – provisions of sections 7 and 9 of the Food Safety Act 1990 and Regulation (EC) 178/2002. The probable effect – cumulative toxic effects. Pesticide residues. Food safety requirements. The inspection, detention and seizure of suspect food. Power to condemn food and order that food be destroyed. Food law offences and strict liability.