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The Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995

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Upward variation of the 8°C temperature by manufacturers etc.

6.—(1) In any proceedings for an offence of contravening regulation 4(1), it shall be a defence for a person charged (for the purposes of this regulation called “the defendant”) to prove that—

(a)a food business responsible for manufacturing, preparing or processing the food has recommended that it is kept—

(i)at or below a specified temperature between 8°C and ambient temperatures, and

(ii)for a period not exceeding a specified shelf life;

(b)that recommendation has, unless the defendant is that food business, been communicated to the defendant either by means of a label on the packaging of the food or by means of some other appropriate form of written instruction;

(c)the food was not kept by the defendant at a temperature above the specified temperature; and

(d)at the time of the commission of the alleged offence, the specified shelf life had not been exceeded.

(2) A food business responsible for manufacturing, preparing or processing food shall not recommend that any food is kept—

(a)at or below a specified temperature between 8°C and ambient temperatures; and

(b)for a period not exceeding a specified shelf life,

  • unless that recommendation is supported by a well-founded scientific assessment of the safety of the food at the specified temperature.

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