The Consumer Rights Act 2015 has come into force on 1 October 2015, bringing the following changes to weights and measures and hallmarking legislation.
Bakers of unwrapped and open packed bread are no longer required to keep records of the weight checks they have made on bread. This has removed the need for Trading Standards to issue a ‘small bakers’ exemption and has also removed inconsistencies in their use. This will benefit small and large businesses, from independent bakers to supermarket in-store bakeries, saving businesses in the region of £10 million.
Bakers of unwrapped and open packed bread must still ensure the quantity of their bread is accurate by meeting the requirements to measure or check the weight under the Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations 2006. However, they are no longer required to keep records of any checks or adjustments made.
Powers of entry and inspection
Trading Standards powers of entry and inspection have been consolidated into a single set of powers replacing the general powers to enforce weights and measures and hallmarking legislation while retaining some specialist powers such as those needed to measure and weigh goods and testing of equipment. In addition, Trading Standards are now required to give advance notice of routine inspections to be carried out.
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