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May 24th: Effective disinfectants vital to assure food hygiene through the food chain

There is concern that food hygiene /safety must not be compromised when considering the future regulation of microbiocides. 

EU agreement has been reached for an interim (three year) approach that says food hygiene /safety must not be compromised when considering the future regulation of biocides. More appropriate European biocides regulation (BPR) has been secured, in the medium term at least, following several years concerted lobbying co-ordinated by CFA and endorsed by the UK’s HSE, FSA and the European Commission.

Peter Woodhead, member of the Food & Biocides Industry Group (FBIG) said: “This is an astonishing win. It is a victory for common sense. FBIG is now working on the future of Plant Protection Products legislation to ensure it is not in conflict with the BPR and does not ignore food safety/hygiene.”

FBIG has developed guidance on the use of biocides in cleaning and disinfection, and is leading lobbying in the UK and with the European Commission.