What is Food Law?
According to food law, all food handlers must have proper food hygiene training, food safety, and supervision while in their workplace. Furthermore, there are various codes of practice and rules that govern everything from the production of food to its distribution. Local authorities are responsible for enforcing guidelines on food standards, hygiene and safety.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is an autonomous government agency accountable among other matters, enforcing support and advice. Moreover, FSA is responsible for audit enforcement activity with regards to local authority standards controls and food safety. All parts of food production and distribution are covered in legislation, and it includes;
- Packaging and labelling
The primary piece of European and UK general food regulation is The Food Safety Act 1990 that offers a framework for food legislation in Great Britain as well as the creation of offences relating to quality safety and labelling.
The General Food Law Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 produces overall requirements and principles of food law across Europe. The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) regulations 2013 offers for the implementation, including penalties of specific provisions of Regulations (EC) No 178/2002. Additionally, it altered The food Safety Act 1990 to bring it in line with this guideline.
Who implements food laws?
Working in collaboration with enforcement officers, mainly in local authorities, The FSA safeguards that all relevant laws are applied throughout the entire food chain.
In The UK, the roles of all enforcement authorities are set out in The Single Integrated National Control Plan for The UK. The interaction of the FSA with local authority implementation officers is explained in The Framework Agreement on Local Authority Enforcement. Moreover, The document provides a structure to The Agency’s supervision of the local authority implementation work.
Furthermore, The FSA creates The Food and Feed Law Code of Practice, and these codes describe the method local authorities must enforce food and feed law requirements.