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Agenda Item No 7

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Shared Regulatory Services Joint Committee: 20th September 2016

 

Report of the Director of Environment and Housing

 

Appointment of Public and Agricultural Analysts

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To seek approval for the appointment of Public and Agricultural analyst for Shared Regulatory Service.

Recommendation

  1. That the current list of authorised analysts for Shared Regulatory Services namely Bridgend, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan is amended to reflect the appointment of Public and Agricultural Analyst listed in this report.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. In order to comply with statutory requirements and to ensure proper and effective enforcement of the legislation. To ensure compliance with the statutory duty to enforce the Food Safety Act 1990 and Agriculture Act 1970.

Background

  1. The Councils have a duty, which has been delegated to the Joint Committee, to enforce the Food Safety Act 1990; which requires the Authority to appoint a Public Analyst to analyse food for foreign bodies and compositional labelling purposes. There are similar provisions in the Agriculture Act 1970 relating to the need to appoint an Agricultural Analyst. This report seeks Joint Committee approval for amendment to such appointments.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. It is a requirement of the Food Safety Act 1990 Section 27 that every food Authority in England and Wales appoints one or more person to act as Public Analysts for the purposes of analysing samples procured under the Act.
  2. The Agriculture Act 1970 also requires an agricultural analyst to be appointed for the analysis of animal feeding stuffs and fertilisers.
  3. It is recommended the approved analysts for Shared Regulatory Services, Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are as follows:-

Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd, Forest Farm Industrial Estate, Whitchurch, Cardiff,

Wales, CF14 7YS

John Anthony Robinson

Susanne Brookes

Alastair David Low

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The cost of analysis of samples is included in the revenues budget and detailed in the Food Law Enforcement Plan.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. Sustainability and climate change implications have been taken into consideration when drafting this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The Food Safety Act 1990 and Agriculture Act 1970 require each Authority to appoint a Public and Agricultural Analyst.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. Crime and disorder implications have been taken into consideration when drafting this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. Equalities issues have been taken into consideration when drafting this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. This report demonstrates the partner Councils' commitment to improving social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being and promoting sustainable development in line with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Improving how the Council evidences and reports achievement of its Well-being Outcomes contributes towards promoting well-being.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. Approval of the Appointment of the Public and Agricultural Analyst is a matter for the Joint Committee.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. There are no implications for Ward Members resulting from this report.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Scrutiny is carried out at each partner Council.

Background Papers

None.

Contact Officer

Christina Hill, Operational Manager, Commercial Services, Shared Regulatory Services

Officers Consulted

Assistant Chief Executive, Bridgend County Borough Council

Director of Environment, City of Cardiff Council

Accountant, Vale of Glamorgan Council

Legal Services, Vale of Glamorgan

Head of Shared Regulatory Services

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter - Director of Environment and Housing

 

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