FSA launches new independent appeals panel

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has established the new Independent Business Appeals Panel (IBAP) to make it more straightforward for companies in England to appeal against decisions and challenge food safety recommendations received from local authority food safety inspectors. The IBAP, which consists of independent industry experts, was one of several proposals made in the Government’s Focus on Enforcement Review conducted in 2012/13. The IBAP will only consider disputes relating to technical food safety advice where local authority complaints procedures have been exhausted, but no agreement has  been reached. The IBAP’s role will be advisory, but local authorities will be expected to take the IBAP’s findings into account.
There is more about the launch of the IBAP at:
http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2014/jan/business-appeal

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