Protecting members from illegitimate stop notices


Challenge

In December 2018, a London Borough Trading Standards officer issued a Stop Notice to a CTA member under Novel Foods. This was apparently first of its kind in the UK.
This notice risked placing a newly established member out of business, just a few weeks after opening in a prominent and visible location. It was also a negative precedent for the industry that should not be allowed to be set.

Action by the CTA 

The CTA engaged its legal team and helped the member while addressing the local Trading Standards worries.

Results

The local Trading Standards officer lifted the stop notice and the member could resume business operations.

The CTA has since helped other members in similar situations with Trading Standards. The stop notices were rescinded in all cases.

The CTA is the only organisation of its kind that has since become proactive and is now training Trading Standards officers, with the goal of preventing stop notices based on lack of knowledge.