The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced it will soon be publishing a new definition of “medical hygiene” for food packaging in a move that will allow the food industry to set its own standards for how it’s treated.
The FSA says the new definition will help it to ensure that food products are packaged with appropriate levels of hygiene and that consumers are not inadvertently putting their health at risk.
It will be included in food products sold in shops and restaurants from the end of 2019, and is expected to be included on all food packaging for the first time by 2021.
It’s the first new food safety standard for the UK since the Food Standards Act was introduced in 2007.
It means that food packaging products must comply with a standard for hygiene, and also with any food safety legislation already in place.
The definition will be the first step in the UK’s new food law, which will be brought into force in 2021.
The UK Food Standard Agency (FFSA) says it will introduce a new food hygiene definition for packaging from the start of 2019.
The agency said the definition will enable it to “make decisions that have a greater impact on consumer safety than they would otherwise”.
It will include an emphasis on “health and safety”, “safety” and “protection of people, the environment and the planet”.
The FSA has previously said it is working to define the “health” of food and packaging products, with the aim of creating the “right balance” between the “safety and health” of consumers.
It has said the new food standards will also help it improve the food supply chain by encouraging “better packaging, healthier packaging, safer packaging and the use of the latest food science and technology”.
The UK government launched its new food packaging legislation on October 19.
The new law will come into force from 2019, allowing for the sale of up to one million products a year.
Food is the most common form of packaging in the country, with a total of 2.3 billion tonnes of food products consumed annually.
The food and drink industry is estimated to be worth £1.3 trillion a year, with about 70% of all UK-produced products.
The FFA says it is creating a new industry code of practice for food and food packaging and will provide guidance to industry to help them meet its new requirements.