Your Voice in UK and Europe

The UK Food Standards Agency have announced that they are reviewing the way in which food regulations are to be implemented in the future in the UK after BREXIT. The details are set out in 'Regulating our Future'.

Food Solutions applied and was appointed to be a member of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) representing smaller food businesses. We are horrified to discover that the group is dominated by multi-million pound businesses and organisations representing them. We need to make sure your voice is heard!

Some issues affect all food businesses, to a lesser or greater extent. Food Solutions is here to make sure small business concerns are taken into account before legislation is finalised so they are not disadvantaged.

Your voice is important

By adding your voice we will become a powerful force to stop decisions being taken that could add significant costs to your business - such as paying for each routine food safety visit.

We need to mobilise the smaller food business outlets in the UK fast. There are over 600,000 SME and micro food businesses in the UK. Most of you work independently so making direct contact with you is difficult.

If we all work together we can make a difference so we would ask you to join us and add your voice. We would also ask you to talk to anyone you know running a small food business and urge them to join the fight also.

This will ensure that the voice of the majority is heard where it matters.

Individual businesses £30/year.

Benefits for you

YOU get on with running your business while WE:

  • Keep tabs on meetings of the Expert Advisory Group and regulation proposals
  • Identify issues that may affect you
  • Send you details, background info and ask for a response electronically
  • Represent you in discussions - real business opinions carry weight - but you remain anonymous
  • Report back on meetings so you know what is happening

We give you a voice

Individual businesses £30/year.

Voice in Europe

Food Solutions is the only British representative on the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) Food Forum. The Food Forum has delegates from all the Member States and can put over the views of small and medium sized food enterprises (SMEs) to the EU officials. That Forum is the only one recognised by the Commission as speaking on behalf of all European small food businesses.

Through the UEAPME Food Forum, we have direct input to the decision makers in Europe, enabling us to take members views and concerns to the lawmakers.This gives small UK food businesses a voice in Europe.

UEAPME has produced a flyer outlining its promotion of traditional, fine and handcrafted quality food, which combines a sense of quality, health and taste and representation of the interests of SMEs in the legislative process at EU level.

Food Solutions access to the Food Forum costs us an annual fee but offers you a voice in Europe which can make a difference - we need to maintain our links with the EU until BREXIT is complete, to make sure Britain is not being ignored.

European Lawmaking process

Until BREXIT actually happens EU law still presides in UK. Involvement with the plans for law making post BREXIT means Food Solutions can make sure small food business needs are taken into account. The current process is outlined below.

Download Flow chart pdf of EU law making process or see below

New or amended food regulation proposals are put forward

The European Commission considers the proposals

If agreed they are sent to DG Sanco

EFSA(European Food Safety Authority) is tasked with defining the risks

Consultation

The proposal will be scrutinised by MEPs and the council of ministers, amendments will be proposed

At this stage The UEAPME Food Forum can be directly involved, responding to consultation papers, putting forward justified arguments as a result of feedback from members. Food Solutions provides the feedback from UK SMEs

European Implementation

The final draft is agreed and published in the Official Journal

UK Implementation

The European Regulation is adopted by the UK and the FSA(Food Standards Agency) consults on enforcement and interpretation

Food Solutions is also involved at this stage - responding to consultations and putting forward feedback from members.

While UK remains in Europe, the FSA can only put reguations into UK law. This is why involvement at European level is vital. There is ample time to change or amend proposals. Occasionally Member States are given some flexibility on interpretation, so it is important we also put members views to our law makers too.

In the light of the Regulating our Future initiative, your input is now vital.

Individual businesses £30/year.