Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene

DRAFT CONSULTATION PAPER ON THE REVIEW
OF THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENT INSPECTION SYSTEM
AND THE OPEN CATEGORIZATION SCHEME

PURPOSE

This paper seeks Members' advice on the draft "Consultation Paper on the Review of the Food Establishment Inspection System and the Open Categorization Scheme."

BACKGROUND

2. In "The 2000 Policy Address: Policy Objectives, Volume 1", the Environment and Food Bureau undertook to review the Open Categorization Scheme and implement the Hygiene Manager Scheme.

3. We have now completed the review. In the course of this, we have reviewed our philosophy, goals and principles to achieve our objectives. In addition, we have looked into the specific areas of the existing food establishment inspection system and the Demerit Points System. Our conclusions and proposals for change are set out in the draft "Consultation Paper on the Review of the Food Establishment Inspection System and the Open Categorization Scheme".

THE CONSULTATION PAPER
Philosophy and Goal in Enhancing Food Safety

4. We believe that enhancement of food safety in food establishments requires the tripartite co-operation of the consumers, the trade and the Government. We also believe that in the long term, our goal should be the promotion of self-regulation among the food trade. But before we reach this advanced stage of development, we have to remain in the forefront to undertake protection and prevention duties.

Proposals for Change

5. To more effectively enhance food safety and safeguard public health, we propose to proceed in the following direction -

  • refocusing the existing inspection system;
  • introducing Hygiene Manager and Hygiene Supervisor requirements;
  • introducing a new Open Categorization Scheme; and
  • improving the Demerit Points System.

A summary of our proposals is at Annex I*. The draft consultation paper is at Annex II*.

ADVICE SOUGHT

6. Members are invited to advise on the proposals set out in the draft consultation document.

WAY FORWARD

7. The consultation document at Annex II is a working draft. In the light of Members' advice, it will be suitably revised before it is published for public consultation in January 2001.

* Annexes I and II to the paper contain preliminary proposals and are not posted on the website. The consultation paper will be issued for public consultation in January 2001.

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
4 December 2000

 

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