The background to the new Food Safety Act and the present position are considered. The principles of Food Acts over the years have been sound, but modern developments necessitated adjustment. The provisions of the new Act are detailed and discussed in the following areas: scope; enforcement; offences; inspectors′ powers; consumer protection; regulatory powers of ministers; novel foods; registration/licensing; defences; and the administration of the new Act. It is concluded that the new Act will lead to an uplifting of standards towards those of the best.
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