Statement: New EC rules mean that village cricket tea is facing the axe, with
hygiene inspectors making random checks on clubs that provide food. Failure to conform might mean fines of up to £400.
Response: This is untrue. The EC has not recently implemented legislation that will do away with village cricket teas.
Background: All those providing food for sale or supply are required to comply with longstanding UK legislation on food hygiene (Food Hygiene (General) Regulations 1970). These regulations state that the food produced must be fit for human consumption and that the premises used to prepare it must meet reasonable hygiene standards.
The relevant draft EC Directive*, on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs, contains general, common-sense rules for food hygiene which are no more stringent than those which already exist in the Food Hygiene (General) Regulations 1970. In fact, were this directive to be adopted, some of the more perscriptive measures such as the need to have a nail brush at each wash-basin may well disappear. Instead, the emphasis will be on public health risk – Environmental Health Officers will weigh up the risks to public health posed by the particular activity in any one premises before making requirements or recommendations for change. Therefore the manner in which this directive is implemented, allowmg for a reasonable approach, is left to the competent UK authorities.
This directive is infact currently under proposal, and is due to be considered by the European Parliament in its second reading on 20.4.93. Should the Council adopt it shortly afterwards, the Directive will come into effect 21/2 years (ie. 20.10.95) thereafter.
– framework directive: OJ C24 31.1.92 page 11
– amended proposal: COM (92) 547 final SYN 37