There's no sign of any resolution to the wrangle in Brussels over a proposal to exempt food businesses employing fewer than ten people from HACCP.

Some countries, including the UK, oppose the move, intended to cut regulatory burdens, because they fear it could threaten public health.

The German presidency suggested the exemption apply to shops that directly supply food without processing it, "provided that the competent authority is satisfied through collective hazard analysis that food safety is guaranteed".

This too was blocked. The issue has been referred to the Committee of Permanent Representatives.