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Northern Ireland’s FSA opens comment period on novel foods

UKandIreland_406x250Comments, that began on April 4, 2017 and continue to June 27, 2017, are being taken by the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland about enforcement of novel foods by food businesses.

The agency says its aim is to ensure effective, consistent and proportionate enforcement of the new novel foods regulations, known as (EU) 2015/2283. The updated rules take account of operational experience of the current legislation, technical and scientific advances; and changes in other areas of food law.

Who should have the most interest in this request for consultation?

Food businesses in Northern Ireland dealing in food/food ingredients or processes that do not have a significant history of use within the European Union prior to 15 May 1997. In particular food innovators such as those developing engineered nanotechnology for use in food. This consultation will interest novel food and entomophagy (insects for human consumption) based businesses and importers dealing with fresh produce from third countries. It will also be of interest to district councils. The consultation may also be of interest to health professionals, consumer groups and others with an interest in food labelling legislation.

What is the subject of this consultation?

The Novel Foods Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 will repeal and replace the Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.R. 2004 No.33) and The Food Enzymes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 (S.R. 2009 No.415). The proposed Regulations will enable the execution and enforcement in Northern Ireland of the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 (which amends Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 and repeals Regulation (EC) No 258/97 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1852/2001).

What is the purpose of this consultation?

To provide interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft Northern Ireland Regulations. Parallel regulations will be produced in England, Scotland and Wales and consultations on these will be issued in due course.

Where to send comments:

Seth Chanas
Division/Branch Finance, Business Support and Communications
Food Standards Agency
10a-c Clarendon Road
Belfast
BT1 3BG

Telephone: 028 9041 7762
Email: seth.chanas@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Responses are requested by: Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Summary of responses will be published

Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.

In accordance with the FSA principle of openness we shall keep a copy of the completed consultation and responses, to be made available to the public on request. The summary of responses may include personal data, such as your full name. Disclosure of any other personal data would be made only upon request for the full consultation responses. If you do not want this information to be released, please complete and return the Publication of Personal Data Form. Return of this form does not mean that we will treat your response to the consultation as confidential, just your personal data.

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