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Food Standards Act 1999

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

25.This section deals with the provision of advice, information and assistance to the general public or to individuals and bodies who are not public authorities.

26.The section allows for information and advice to be given to either the general public as a whole or to individuals or particular sections of it such as groups representative of food industry sectors. Among other things, the Agency will be able, for example, to:

  • run information campaigns on issues of current interest or importance;

  • publish scientific data arising from research or surveillance and advise on its interpretation;

  • publish information on enforcement activities, such as the existing BSE/meat enforcement publications;

  • produce leaflets on food hygiene, labelling etc.;

  • run a consumer helpline;

  • issue advice for people with food allergies;

  • pass on information about developments in food science to the public as a whole and to particular groups such as food producers;

  • produce guidance on food safety matters for the food industry;

  • issue food hazard warnings, alerting the public to particular problems.

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