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Food Information for Consumers (FIC) e-learning - FA0128

Description
BACKGROUND
FSA have run food labelling courses in the past and in 2009-10 had the idea for ‘a one-stop shop’ for food labelling. DESQ built the Food Labelling site however its launch was stalled by a shift in the remit of Defra and the FSA. Since the adoption of the EU FIC, Campden BRI has been contracted by FSA to run food labelling training for Local Authority enforcement officers under the Master Vendor programme.
FSA are now looking to draw on the development of the original Food Labelling site http://www.w4566267.shared.hosting.zen.co.uk/english/. They want to create a new product to offer online FIR training and awareness raising, as part of the Master Vendor contract.
The EU FIC will, in due course, supersede the current UK food labelling regulations but in most respects can be followed now.
The Westminster Government is keen to reduce unnecessary or unduly burdensome regulation, especially for SME food businesses, and consistent with this objective Defra will shortly be promising e-learning to support the industry as it starts to comply with the changes in legislation. Thus this product should also be accessible to food businesses.
The legislative framework and responsibilities in relation to food labelling in the UK is dispersed with nine different government departments or agencies having some involvement. There are also likely to be important differences between the UK nations’ approach to enforcement. However, the vast bulk of the e-learning content will address the EU regulations on a UK basis.

Objective
To create a new product to offer online training and awareness raising on EU FIC and other food information legislation and awareness raising, as part of the Master Vendor contract.

The Government is committed to reduce the impact of regulation on businesses, especially for SMEs, and will, it is understood, plan to announce the availability of e-learning support to help food and drink businesses cope with FIC based changes in labelling legislation.

The legislative framework and responsibilities in relation to food labelling in the UK is dispersed with nine different government departments having some involvement. There are also likely to be important differences between the UK nations’ approach to enforcement. However, the vast bulk of the e-learning content will address the EU regulations on a UK basis.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2016

Cost: £162,280
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Food Standards Agency (FSA)
Keywords
Food