How enforcement works
The Food Standards Agency works with enforcement officers to ensure that food and feed law is applied across the entire food chain.
The responsibilities of all the enforcement authorities in the UK are set out in the Single Integrated National Control Plan for the UK.
The Agency’s interaction with enforcement officers is set out in the Framework Agreement on Local Authority Enforcement. This document gives a structure to the Agency’s supervision of local authority enforcement work.
The Food Law Code of Practice (and the equivalent Feed Law code) sets out the way local authorities should apply food law, and how they should work with food businesses. Practice guidance is also provided as a further help to enforcement officers.
The Agency also provides guidance on specific regulations which are relevant to enforcement officers and food businesses to ensure that the law is clear.