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Module Title Food Control
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 26443
Module Lead Madeleine Smith
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description An Introduction to Food Control in the EU, using the UK as the main example. The module will focus on how the member states try and ensure consumers can access safe food. The main food hygiene legislation will be reviewed and put in the context of premises inspection and enforcement including imported food. Approaches taken by other member states and important trading partners such as the USA, Australia and Canada will be compared to the UK. Problems such as fraud in the food industry will be considered, as will key issues and events which demonstrate learning points for enforcement.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Access, read and apply food safety and food standards legislation issued by the Food Standards Agency and the European Commission.
  • Discuss the way the English legal system works, and be able to give examples of how this impacts on food safety.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the primary legal controls associated with enforcement of food legislation, including relevant case law and associated legislation such as the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
  • Discuss the legal, moral and practical issues associated with producing food safety and food hygiene legislation.
  • Identify the complex factors that affect the development of legislation and be able to assess the purpose of legislation with respect to its purpose.
  • Critically evaluate the current food hygiene legislation and be able to identify strengths and weaknesses of the enforcement process.
  • Apply knowledge of certain key pieces of legislation in a case study situation.
  • Describe the variety of approaches used to deliver controls in different countries, be able to set those differences in context and identify the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems.
Assessment 26443-01 : Case Study Imported Foods : Coursework (40%)
26443-02 : Essay : Coursework (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessed coursework worth 100% of the assessment mark. There will be one case study worth 40% of the mark and an essay worth 60%. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 50% to pass the module.
Other None
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