IFST strongly objects to the EU Commission proposal to amend the EC Hygiene
Regulation allowing certain food businesses with fewer than ten employees to be
exempt from the requirement for food safety management procedures based on HACCP
principles. Consumers must be afforded the same level of food safety protective
measures, regardless of who is providing the food.
IFST supports the licensing of all food establishments and is currently
in an alliance with the Consumers Association, the Local Authority Coordinating
Organisations for Regulatory Standards (LACORS), and the Chartered Institute of
Environmental Health (CIEH) to press the Food Standards Agency to introduce
prior approval of food establishments; a step towards conditional licensing.
The purpose of this statement is to ensure that the health of human subjects
used for testing purposes is not compromised by their participation in testing
programmes. As a practical and supportive tool for anyone undertaking a sensory
test, the policy can also be applied to non-foods including fragrances and
products for which skin absorption can occur.