A period for public comment has been opened regarding Jersey’s new food safety law.
The revised legislation aims to ensure greater health and safety in the preparation, service, and distribution of food.
The draft Food Safety (Jersey) Law is due to replace the Food Safety (Jersey) Law 1966 and will apply to businesses involved in the preparation and sale of food.
It covers import to and export from Jersey of food, licensing of food businesses, offenses, and penalties, and steps a business must take for withdrawing unsafe food from the market.
The closing date for the comment period is 1 November.
Officers from environmental health will carry out checks to ensure food suppliers are complying with the law. hygiene standards within a business.
Ratings range from 0 to 5, with 0 being the worst and 5 the best, reflecting the premises’ food safety and hygiene status.
All businesses are required to publicly display their star rating by law. Companies are inspected between every six months to three years, depending on the level of risk and compliance.
Consultation meetings are scheduled for 9, 17 and 18 September, to enable those within the industry to fully understand how the revised law will affect the sector.