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Food Standards Act 1999

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Food Standards Act 1999. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. Summary and Background

  3. Overview of the Act

  4. Commentary on Sections

    1. Section 1: The Food Standards Agency

    2. Section 2: Appointment of members

    3. Section 3: Appointment of chief executive and directors

    4. Section 4: Annual and other reports

    5. Section 5: Advisory committees

    6. Section 6: Development of food policy and provision of advice, to public authorities

    7. Section 7: Provision of advice, information and assistance to other persons

    8. Section 8: Acquisition and review of information

    9. Section 9: General functions in relation to animal feedingstuffs

    10. Section 10: Power to carry out observations

    11. Section 11: Power of entry for persons carrying out observations

    12. Section 12: Monitoring of enforcement action

    13. Section 13: Power to request information relating to enforcement action

    14. Section 14: Power of entry for monitoring enforcement action

    15. Section 15: Meaning of ‘enforcement authority’ and related expressions

    16. Section 16: Offences relating to sections 13 and 14

    17. Section 17: Delegation of powers to make emergency orders

    18. Section 18: Functions under other Acts

    19. Section 19: Publication by the Agency of advice and information

    20. Section 20: Power to issue guidance on control of food-borne diseases

    21. Section 21: Supplementary powers

    22. Section 22: Statement of general objectives and practices

    23. Section 23: Consideration of objectives, risks, costs and benefits,

    24. Section 24: Directions relating to breach of duty or international obligations

    25. Section 25: Power to modify enactments about disclosure of information

    26. Section 26: Statutory functions ceasing to be exercisable by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

    27. Section 27: Notification of tests for food-borne disease

    28. Section 28: Arrangements for sharing information about food-borne zoonoses

    29. Section 29: Consultation on veterinary products

    30. Section 30: Animal feedingstuffs: Great Britain

    31. Section 31: Animal feedingstuffs: Northern Ireland

    32. Section 32: Modification of this Act

    33. Section 33: Consequences of Agency losing certain functions

    34. Section 34: Duty to take account of functions of the Food Safety Promotion Board

    35. Section 35: Devolution in Scotland and Northern Ireland

    36. Section 36: Interpretation

    37. Section 37: Subordinate legislation

    38. Section 38: Application of Act to Crown

    39. Section 39: Financial provisions

    40. Section 40: Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

    41. Section 41: Transfer of property, rights and liabilities to the Agency

    42. Section 42: Power to make transitional provision

    43. Section 43: Short title, commencement and extent

    44. Schedule 1: Constitution of the Agency

    45. Schedule 2: Advisory Committees

    46. Schedule 3: The Agency’s functions under other enactments

    47. Part I: Functions under the Food Safety Act 1990

    48. Part II: Functions under the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

    49. Part III: Other functions

      1. Schedule 4: Accounts and audit

      2. Schedule 5: Minor and Consequential Amendments

  5. Commencement

  6. Hansard References

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