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Title: Is the regulation of food law in England best achieved by a multi-agency approach or should one central body have responsibility for this area of regulation?
Author: Bowles, Andy
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2012
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Abstract:
Food safety is of national importance but the food law regulatory system in England is reliant on 388 local food authorities whose activities are based on historical precedent rather than on their ability to properly supervise an increasingly global food industry. The food industry in England must comply with a complex array of food laws the requirements of which are largely enforced by Environmental Health Officers and Trading Standards Officers working within local authorities. Other organisations are also involved in food law enforcement including the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and non-governmental official control bodies. As a whole the United Kingdom spends some £190 million every year in the delivery of official food controls in over 560,000 food premises by nearly 2,900 professional enforcement officers supported by over 600 administrative staff.' The current framework for local authority enforcement of food law was established following the reorganisation of local government in 1974 but the nature of food legislation itself has changed since the UK joined the European Community in 1973. This thesis questions whether a regulatory framework established in the 1970s is fit for purpose for the regulation of the food industry in the 21st century. A series of government sponsored reviews and studies have examined the nature of regulation, reviewed the availability of regulatory sanctions, considered the priorities for enforcement and questioned the techniques used by regulators. None have considered the fundamental issue of whether the enforcement of this legislation is best placed in the hands of local government. The aim of this thesis is to review the current food regulatory system in England and comment on its ability to ensure that the interests of the consumer are protected. It concludes that food official controls are not adequately performed by local authorities and that a single body with responsibility for these functions would be better placed to ensure that this vital work is carried out appropriately in future.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.557833  DOI: Not available
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