January 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Historically, we were known as Suffolk Weights and Measures Department because our primary function was to maintain the integrity of commercial weighing and measuring by routine testing of equipment and goods.
We now deal with more diverse issues under a wide variety of Acts, Orders and Codes of Practice, as set out by central government, the Food Standards Agency and the Office of Fair Trading.
How diverse are we? Well, for 26 (working) days, we’ll be showing you!
P is for . . .
Package Travel - The marketing, sale and performance of package holidays sold or offered for sale in the UK are regulated by The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. The Regulations apply to anyone who organises packages whether they are for profit or not, and whether they are for business or club purposes.
The term ‘package holiday’, as defined by the above Regulations, means a holiday with a pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components:
- other tourist services accounting for a significant proportion of the package
The definition of ‘package holiday’ also covers holidays which are sold, or offered for sale, at an inclusive price and which cover a period of more than 24 hours or include overnight accommodation. The Regulations set out the tour operator’s legal responsibilities to you, and what you are entitled to should the tour operator fail to honour these obligations. Any false or misleading representations or descriptions about the holiday, hotel or facilities made by the tour operator or its representative are covered by the Regulations.
Pet Food - All feeding stuffs whether for pets or livestock must have a statutory statement, i.e. a declaration (in standard form) of the main nutritional qualities of the product. Moreover, these statements must be correct within certain limits. There is no such prescription for human food.
There are two main types of pet food which pet owners need to be aware of to ensure they give their pets sufficient nutrients. The product label will indicate which of these two categories it belongs to.
Complete pet foods – these are suitable to be fed as the only food over an extended period of time.
Complementary pet foods – these have a high content of certain substances, but must be used in conjunction with other pet foods to provide adequate nutrition.
Trading Standards inspect premises where pet food is produced, examine and advise on the labelling of pet food, and also take samples of pet food to ensure that they meet the relevant safety requirements.
Petrol is a highly volatile and explosive product, which can dissolve many types of plastic. It is vital that any petrol supplies are stored in the correct types of container, and that their contents are clearly marked.
Trading Standards has a duty to issue licences to premises keeping petroleum spirit, inspecting those premises to ensure that the petrol is stored safely, and they also have a duty to ensure that the correct amount of petrol is dispensed to a customer.
Young people will approach strangers outside a shop or get friends, neighbours or in some cases parents to buy it for them.
The Licensing Act 2003 makes it an offence for a person to buy alcohol on behalf of a young person under the age of 18 years. A person found to be committing this offence can face a fine of up to £5,000 if convicted.
Sellers could also be held responsible if they were aware that the alcohol was going to be handed to a young person.