Food Law Code of Practice

Last updated:
30 March 2017
The Food Law Code of Practice gives statutory guidance to which local authorities must have regard when engaged in the enforcement of food law. Local authorities must follow and implement the relevant provisions of the Code. The Food Standards Agency published a revised Food Law Code of Practice (England) on 30 March 2017, which came into force on that date.

Changes published in 2017

The changes to the Code published in March 2017 included:

  • Facilitating consistent interpretation and approach by local authority officers delivering official controls, specifically in relation to risk scoring; by updating advice and clarifying the risk descriptors used in the food establishment intervention rating schemes
  • Providing additional guidance on the communication of food incidents and hazards, and addressing food criminality
  • Further clarifying qualification and competency requirements of local authority officers since the implementation of the previous Code revision.

Web-based format

The new web-based format of the updated Food Law Code of Practice will be posted on this page of the website in due course.


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