Food Safety Legislation

Food Safety Legislation

The enforcement of food safety legislation and regulations in food standards, safety and hygiene is primarily the responsibility of local authorities.

Environmental Health Officers and Trading Standards Officers are the relevant enforcement officers. The Food Standards Agency is an independent government department and is responsible for enforcement, enforcement support, advice, and audit of enforcement activity, with respect to local authority, food safety and standards control.

In circumstances where a licensing authority takes enforcement action on food safety issues, we are able to offer advice to you throughout the process including:

  • Attending an interview under caution to ensure your interests are safeguarded;
  • Advising on whether a defence is available to you upon receipt of a summons;
  • Representing you either for the purposes of mitigation or full trial.

We work closely with other advisers to the food industry, often former Environmental Health Officers, and we are able to assist in advising on good practice, systems which will assist in providing you with a defence of due diligence in the event of a prosecution and relevant changes to the legislation that will affect your business.

We also assist clients with ensuring compliance with the appropriate legislation with regard to packaging and labelling of their products correctly before launching a new product or altering existing labelling. We are able to advise in relation to the appropriate steps when dealing with the delicate matter of a product recall.

We have extensive experience in all aspects of food law and would be delighted to assist you with your food safety needs.


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