UK to evaluate food assurance schemes

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The UK is commissioning an evaluation of assurance schemes for food processors, food producers and other food businesses.

Third party assurance programmes are used to guarantee that certain standards have been reached and maintained throughout the production process, said the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which will fund the assessment.

“Assurance schemes can provide information that contributes to the determination of risk-based frequency inspection regimes and some can address official controls,”​ said the FSA. “Such schemes can be beneficial for both business and regulators, through reducing inspections of business and targeting regulators’ resources.”

The body said the evaluation should:

  • identify current third party assurance schemes operating in the food sector in England
  • establish criteria for acceptability of third party assurance schemes
  • measure a number of assurance schemes against this criteria
  • aim to consider the outcomes of third party assurance schemes and to what extent compliance with food legislation is improved.

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