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Consultation: Official Controls Regulation

2 September 2019


Views sought from food and feed businesses who import from the EU 

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) are running a consultation seeking stakeholders’ views on the implementation the Official Controls Regulation. The consultation focuses on the FSA's areas of responsibility for food and feed law and animal health and welfare in Northern Ireland.

Who will this consultation be of interest to?
The consultation will be of interest to:

  • local authority and port health authority food and feed enforcement officers as well as any other body responsible for undertaking official controls
  • food or feed business operators that import food and feed products into the EU
  • food businesses working with products of animal origin

What this consultation about?
The Official Controls Regulation (OCR) takes effects, and will apply in Northern Ireland, on 14 December 2019.

The OCR addresses official controls, and other official activities, performed to ensure the application of food and feed law rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products.

This consultation focuses on the implementation of legislation in Northern Ireland to provide for the execution of powers and enforcement of the OCR only in relation to the FSA areas of responsibility for food and feed law and animal health and welfare. 

What is the purpose of this consultation?
To seek stakeholder views and comment on:

  • the proposed implementation of the Northern Ireland legislation on the powers and enforcement of the OCR regarding the FSA areas of responsibility for food and feed law and animal health and welfare
  • the assessment of the impacts of the implementation of the legislation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in relation to FSA areas of responsibility only

Have your say
To take part in the consultation, download the consultation pack (895.4 KB). The consultation closes on 11 October 2019