New Food Hygiene Laws Approved by Tynwald
Download a copy of the Order that applies provisions of 15 European Community (
EC) Regulations to the Island which was approved at the July 2007 sitting of Tynwald.
All of the EC Regulations applied by the Order concern the hygiene of food and feedstuffs including original production, packaging, transport, presentation at the table and import or export. This legislation has been prepared not only to meet the Island's Protocol 3 requirements in terms of imports and exports, but also to ensure that the standards expected of Manx products are the same whether the product is intended for export or for the Manx consumer.
The EC legislation, by its very nature, is lengthy, highly technical and specifies to the smallest detail procedures to be followed and information obtained. However, in summary, six important changes to Manx law affecting anyone involved in the food business or related industry have been introduced:
- the requirement to train food handlers - Food Hygiene Training
- the requirement to have in place a food safety management system
- the requirement to register food premises - More information
- a change to temperature requirements
- a prohibition on the sale of raw milk and cream
- bringing those engaged in the farming or fishing industry within the scope of hygiene regulations for the first time (known as primary producers).
A further set of regulations provide the Department with powers to enforce the EC Regulations and are available for download. These regulations replace the current set of six regulations concerned with food hygiene and have the effect of updating and consolidating the relevant law within one document.