John Hammond - Articles and news items
Issue 6 2011 • 4 January 2012 • John Hammond, Head of Information & Legislation, Campden BRI
Food legislation is highly complex and impacts on all aspects of the food industry from production, packaging to distribution and marketing. Food laws are a vital element in industrialised and developing countries alike, ensuring the food that consumers purchase and eat is safe and has been marketed honestly.
It is the role of government and its agencies to protect the population from both harm and unfair practices. This is achieved through properly enforced food control measures based on comprehensive, well-defined regulation covering the quality and safety of food and its transparent and honest presentation to the consumer.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and World Health Organisation1, food control is defined as:
“A mandatory regulatory activity of enforce – ment by national or local authorities to provide consumer protection and ensure that all foods during production, handling, storage, processing and distribution are safe, wholesome and fit for human consumption; conform to safety and quality requirements; and are honestly and accurately labelled as prescribed by law.”
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