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Plans for food businesses to be charged for inspection

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to press ahead to recover the costs of regulation from UK food businesses. It has been their intention to do this for some time to counteract budget cuts.

A review of the official food controls system could see poor-performing businesses expected to pay more than those with better safety records.

It is not the first time the FSA has publically stated its intention to recover costs in this The agency recognises that  local authorities are finding it difficult to keep up with the current regime of inspections due to reductions in resources.

A paper put to the FSA board said: ‘The responsibility for funding this system should increasingly pass from the taxpayer to businesses, with those businesses with the most proactive approach to demonstrating their dedication to food safety paying less than those who require a higher level of state intervention.’

The agency also said the current regulatory regime ‘relies largely on physical inspection’ and  that other sources of data on food businesses should be pursued.

The paper said: ‘Inspections carried out by government staff are just a small part of an enormous array of potential sources of assurance, which we could be using to focus our efforts ever more precisely on the businesses who need the most help to come up to standard.

‘We will consider all sources of information, irrespective of whether it is us or a third party doing the check. We will also consider sources of data that do not derive from inspections.’

 

We will update this proposal when decisions have been taken, and the implications to businesses

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