The provision of safe, authentic and traceable food is of the highest importance to our sector. Food businesses must comply with all relevant food regulations, which need to be built upon sound science and evidence.
To inform and protect consumers' interests, regulatory systems are in place to ensure food law is appropriately applied across the entire food supply chain. Food law is developed in the UK by central government and the devolved administrations, with the enforcement of these food standards (e.g. safety and labelling) being the responsibility of local authorities.
The FDF works with member companies and stakeholders to ensure that pragmatic food regulations provide a level playing field for businesses whilst maintaining consumer protection.
As some of the many FDF Committees and groups available for members' only access, the FDF runs several regulatory committees (such as allergens, residues & contaminants, food safety and food labelling). These provide our members with not just technical updates but also the opportunity to influence our policy positions and workstreams.
Food safety and science
Some people are hypersensitive to certain foods and can suffer adverse reactions, which can be life threatening. The FDF assists the UK food industry through its provision of technical guidance to keep consumers safe.
Ensuring food is safe is paramount. The FDF helps our members ensure all their products meet strict UK regulations on aspects such as hygiene, contaminants, food contact materials and additives.
Precision breeding describes a range of techniques which can make precise changes to an organism’s own DNA. The FDF supports the use of technological solutions to help the competitiveness and sustainability of the food and drink supply chain.
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