Unsatisfactory seals on food products leaving products open to contamination

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,
This request was sent to the Food Standards Agency who have passed the buck to you, Answers please

(Dear Food Standards Agency,)

On purchasing fruit juice products from Supermarkets I found that the usual seals on the cartons are now missing.

I queried this with the retailers and was told that the law was changed and they no longer needed to have them.

In view of the daily threats the public are subjected to through terrorism and other anti social issues I was appalled that such a negative step has been taken towards keeping us safe from having our food tampered with.

I have seen people opening cartons in supermarkets and drinking from the contents before replacing on the shelves with unknowing shoppers not being able to easily tell if a carton had been opened.?

1. Can you confirm that there has been a change in Law removing the necessity for adequate/visual seals on these products.

2. If there has been a change in law/statute can you explain why and how this has happened?

3. How do we the public protect ourselves from someone tampering with these drinks before we purchase them, and who is responsible in Government hierarchy that we can complain to to get this anomaly corrected?

Yours faithfully,

Tony Lower

Yours faithfully,

tony lowery

Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

A FOI request to you has not been responded to as required . Please advise why this is and what appears to be the problem with what could be a very serious situation, considering the constant threats we are receiving from terrorist and other organisations.

Yours faithfully,

tony lowery

Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

Unsatisfactory seals on food products leaving products open to contamination.

Response to my request under F.O.I is long overdue in spite of reminder.

I am now requesting that you conduct an internal review and respond to my question as soon as possible, or at least within 20 days, before I place this matter before my MP and the Information Commissioner

Yours faithfully,

tony lowery

Treat Official Transfers,

Dear Mr Lowery,

Thank you for your email below.

I am sorry that you are still awaiting a reply to your enquiry. This is because officials have advised that the matter you raise is one for the Food Standards Agency (FSA). In the circumstances we have been attempting to obtain FSA's agreement to reply to your correspondence but to date this has not been forthcoming. We are continuing to pursue this with the FSA.

I apologise again for this delay.

BEIS Treat Official Transfers

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Treat Official Transfers,

Dear Mr Lowery,

Further to my email below, I have now received confirmation that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be replying to you.

Once again, I apologise for the attendant delay in your receiving a reply.

Michael Penny
Deputy Head, Ministerial Relations Team
0207 215 3105 | [email address] | 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET
www.gov.uk/beis | https://twitter.com/beisgovuk

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Gadawodd tony lowery anodiad ()

This latest response is just an acknowledgement that the FSA will be answering my request

Food Hygiene Policy,

1 Atodiad

Dear Tony


Thank you for your email sent to the Department for Business, Energy and
Industrial Strategy, regarding the Law removing the necessity for
adequate/visual seals on fruit juice products. Your enquiry was referred
to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), as the competent Authority for food
law enforcement. I am responding from the Food Hygiene Policy Branch.


I am not aware of any change in the food hygiene Regulations, that will
allow food safety to be compromised, food businesses are aware of their
responsibility to supply safe food.


Food businesses are also expected to meet ‘Article 14’ of Regulation (EC)
178/2002 which lays down that food shall not be supplied to consumers if
it is ‘unsafe’ and that food shall be deemed to be ‘unsafe’ if it is:


(a) ‘injurious to health’


(b) unfit for human consumption.


Article 14.5 lays down that “in determining whether any food is unfit for
human consumption, regard shall be had to whether the food is unacceptable
for human consumption according to is intended use”. For the complete
document, please use the following links on the European Commission’s web


In the first instance, FSA advice is for consumers to approach the store
management where the food was purchased and raise any concerns you may
have, which I noted you have already done.


The FSA is a Regulatory Authority, the day to day food law enforcement is
the primary responsibility of the Local Authority Environmental Health


If you would like to take this matter forward, you should contact your
local Environmental Health Department (EHD). In the UK, EHDs are
responsible for enforcing food safety legislation (e.g. making inspections
of businesses) and are in the best position to determine which parts of
the rules apply to businesses. They can also offer practical advice, you
can locate your EHD via the following link.






Solomon Okoruwa | Food Hygiene Safety | Policy | Food Standards Agency |
Clive House | Floors 6 & 7 | 70 Petty France | London SW1H 9EX | 0207276
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