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.

Core Learning Resources

 Food and Feed Codes of Practice

FSA, 2017

  Local Authorities


 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

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

Public Health England, 2009

 Border Inspection Post Manual


 RASFF Portal

European Commission

Training Courses

 FSA Courses

ABC Food Law

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

Further Reading

 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 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.