A new register and public record for risk analysis issues and regulated products applications currently under review in the UK has been published today (Tuesday, July 6th).
Since leaving the European Union (EU) earlier this year, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have taken on responsibility for assessing food and animal feed safety in the UK.
As part of this enhanced role, both agencies will be publishing information about the issues they are currently dealing with under the new legislation. The system will allow users to track the issues being reviewed as well as what stage they are at in the process.
Ian McWatt, Deputy Chief Executive at Food Standards Scotland said:
“We are committed to uphold the highest standards of food and feed safety, applying our core principles of openness and transparency. To that end, we have published a register of the risk analysis issues and regulated products applications currently under our consideration.
“This information will be updated as issues move through the process and will provide a point of reference for applicants, businesses and consumers on current food safety issues under consideration.”
Two registers have been published:
Register of risk analysis issues
The register of risk analysis issues gives information about issues that are being considered through our food and animal feed risk analysis process. It provides a summary of each issue and its current status.
Register of regulated product applications
Regulated products include:
- extraction solvents
- feed additives
- feed for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTS)
- feed detoxification processes
- food contact materials
- food additives
- food enzymes
- genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as food and feed
- irradiated food
- novel foods
- smoke flavourings
To be placed on the list, an application must have passed initial checks to make sure they contain all the necessary information (i.e. have been validated). The register provides some detail about the applicant, the product itself and also shows the current stage of the application progress.
The format for both registers will continue to evolve and improve over the coming months.