Due Diligence programmes are critical in protecting your brand and company reputation, providing the evidence that you are taking all reasonable precautions to comply with food safety legislation. As such The Food Safety Act 1990 does not require that there shall be perfection in food sales to the public. It does however, make it unlawful to sell defective food in circumstances where the trader cannot, or does not prove that he has taken "all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence".
The main food laws which apply in the UK are:
Due diligence programme planning is a large and time consuming task, as you need to be informed on the general requirements of food law which covers the main EC and UK legislation on food imports and exports, safety, traceability, labelling and product withdrawals and recalls. The business also needs to understand the concept of due diligence defence: No person or company should be guilty of a criminal offence for an act or omission which could not be reasonably avoided. In modern food manufacture and retailing it is quite impossible, no matter how well managed a company may be, to ensure that there will never be a defective product sold to the public.
A solution to this, which maintains effective use of your resources, is to have a partner, a company that can help with supporting you in your Due Diligence programme.
With extensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of food chemistry, we are ideally placed to help you to detect the contaminants, such as pesticides and packaging migrants to veterinary residues and heavy metals.
If you have questions about due diligence planning and development, legislation, or the regulatory environment; sometimes it requires another experienced person or team to help pull things together and move them ahead. Fera's consultancy service is made up of senior scientists who have broad and deep experience in the food industry that we can bring to bear on your research project which goes beyond analysis and scientific expertise.
To speak with us about this service, or for any other services, please contact the team on +44 (0)300 100 0323 or e-mail us