137 Recognition of territorial authorities for certain verification functions and activities

(1)

A territorial authority is recognised as the agency that is responsible for the management and carrying out of verification functions and activities in relation to a food business that is—

(a)

operating under a food control plan that is based on a template or model issued under section 39; and

(b)

operating entirely within the district of that territorial authority; and

(c)

selling food primarily directly to consumers.

(2)

The recognition of a territorial authority under subsection (1) must be treated as if it were recognition by the chief executive under section 136 for an indefinite duration.

(3)

However, sections 158 to 167 do not apply in respect of a territorial authority’s recognition under subsection (1).

(4)

To avoid doubt,—

(a)

other provisions of this subpart that apply to an agency recognised under section 136 (such as section 147) apply in respect of a territorial authority’s recognition under subsection (1); and

(b)

nothing in this section limits or affects the application of sections 184 to 197 in respect of a territorial authority managing and carrying out verification functions and activities described in subsection (1).

(5)

The chief executive must not recognise any person besides a territorial authority as an agency that is responsible for the management and carrying out of the verification functions and activities described in subsection (1).