Food Section


The resources highlighted below are intended to help authorised officers and lead food officers in England meet their development needs both during and after their competency assessment processes.

The starting point is the Food Law Code of Practice, accompanied by its supporting guidance and the Food Law Guide that lists current national legislation and directly applicable EU regulations.

All the other links in the Core Learning Resources are grouped under the five modules for authorised officers in the Code of Practice: inspection of food establishments, use of enforcement sanctions, sampling, import and export controls, and reactive investigations, although there is obviously some cross-over in terms of content.

The links in Further Reading and Other Information are for officers wishing to extend their knowledge or wanting a broader context.

Core Learning Resources

  Food Law Code of Practice

  Food Law Practice Guidance

  Food Law Guide

All FSA, 2015

4.8.1 Inspections

  MyHACCP Online Tool: Guidance for Authorised Officers


  Enforcement of Hygiene Regulations on Egg Production Sites in the UK

FSA, 2009

Guidance on typical inspection points on egg production sites

  Temperature Control Legislation

FSA, 2016

Guidance on the types of foods that are required to be held under temperature control and the circumstances when some flexibility from the requirements is allowed

  Vacuum Packed Chilled Foods

FSA, 2017

Guidance to help assess and minimise the risk of Clostridium botulinum

  Wine Products


Guidance on labelling, presentation and authenticity

  Guidance Notes


See in particular:

  • Cheese recovery: Guidance for the dairy industry and local authorities, 2007
  • E.coli O157: control of cross-contamination, 2014
  • Food additives legislation: guidance notes, 2015
  • Labelling of certain colours as set out in Regulation 1333/2008, 2010
  • National legislation on food contact materials: the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 2012, 2015
  • Testing milk for antibiotic residues, 2015

  Food Hygiene: Legislation/Guidance Documents

European Commission

See in particular:

  • Implementation of procedures based on HACCP principles, 2005
  • Implementation of certain provisions of Regulation 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, 2012
  • Implementation of certain provision of Regulation 853/2004 on the hygiene of food of animal origin, 2009
  • Key questions related to import requirements and the new rules on food hygiene and official food controls, 2014

4.8.2 Enforcement Sanctions

  Official Feed and Food Controls Regulation


See in particular:

  • Guidance for enforcement authorities
  • Multi-Annual National Control Plan for the UK

  Local Authority Enforcement Data and LAEMS


  Application of Food Hygiene Legislation to Domiciliary Care, Assisted Living and Care Homes

FSA, 2014

  Approval of Establishments

FSA, 2017

Guidance for the use of local food authority authorised officers in the UK in relation to the approval of food business establishments that handle products of animal origin

  Community and Charity Food Provision

FSA, 2016

Guidance on the application of EU food hygiene law, to help officers decide whether or not to register an activity carried out in the village hall, community and charity sector

  Fishery Products Charges Regulations 2007

FSA, 2012

Guidance on how charges for the delivery of official controls for fishery products are applied

  Number of Days Between the Slaughter and Mincing of Chilled Meat

FSA, 2011

Guidance on the enforcement of the legislative requirements

  Private Water Supply

FSA, 2016

Guidance to assist food business operations to determine the use of appropriate water supplies in primary production operations

4.8.3 Sampling



See in particular:

  • National coordinated food sampling programme 2015-2016
  • Food standards and feedingstuffs sampling guidance
  • Sampling food and feed for GM material: Guidance for enforcement officers
  • Food sampling resources
  • UK Food Surveillance System

  Mycotoxins: Guidance and Advice for Industry and Enforcement Bodies


See in particular:

  • Mycotoxins in Foodstuffs Sampling Guidance, 2014

  Guidelines for Assessing the Microbiological Safety of Ready-to-Eat Foods Placed on the Market

Public Health England, 2009

4.8.4 Import / Export Controls

  Imported Food and Enforcement


See in particular:

  • Effective imported food control
  • Import of food from third countries: Guidance for food authorities
  • Official feed and food controls regulation: Guidance for enforcement authorities
  • Inland enforcement of imported feed and food controls: resource pack
  • Import controls at smaller seaports and airports guidance
  • Guidance and Regulatory Advice on Import Legislation (GRAIL) database
  • Foodstuffs with current EU restrictions

  Border Inspection Post Manual


4.8.5 Reactive Investigations

  Food Incidents: Advice for Local Authorities

  Food Fraud Database

Both FSA (archived)

  Management of Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness in England and Wales

FSA, 2008

Framework for health professionals

  Food Law Prosecutions


Public register of successful food standards, food hygiene and food safety related prosecutions obtained by the FSA and local authorities

  RASFF Portal

European Commission

Training Courses

  Training for Enforcement Officers


  FSA Courses

ABC Food Law

Free training courses for officers working for local authorities and port health authorities in England

Further Reading

  Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme: Resources for Local Authorities


  How to Appeal Against a Decision by a Local Authority


Guidance provided to businesses

  Pest Control Procedures in the Food Industry

CIEH, 2015

  Takeaways Toolkit:

Tools, interventions and case studies to help local authorities develop a response to the health impacts of fast food takeaways

CIEH, 2014

  Global Food Security 2030:

Assessing trends with a view to guiding future EU policies

European Commission, 2015

Other Information

  Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)

Membership organisation and qualifying body for food professionals in Europe concerned with all aspects of food science and technology.

  Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)

Membership organisation and independent charity dedicated to the improvement of the public’s health and wellbeing, helping to inform policy and practice, and working to educate, empower and support communities and individuals to live healthily.

  Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT)

Membership organisation of food industry specialists focused on hygiene and technology issues, providing a forum for networking and sharing best practice.

  Food Hygiene Forum

Knowledge Hub

  Food Safety and Nutrition

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health


Combase Consortium: Institute of Food Research (UK), USDA Agricultural Research Service (USA), Food Safety Centre (Australia)

Online tool for quantitative food microbiology, focused on the study and prediction of how microorganisms survive and grow under a variety of conditions.