Industry guides (produced by the food industry)

A series of national guides has been produced by the food industry and provides guidance to good hygiene practice and the application of HACCP principles within the legislative framework. The Food Standards Agency recognises these guides.

These guides can be bought from The Stationery Office website via the 'External sites' links.

Use of the guides is voluntary

The use of these guides is voluntary. There is no legal requirement for food businesses to follow the advice contained in them. Businesses may demonstrate compliance with the hygiene legislation in other ways. However, where a food business operator is following the guidance in a recognised industry guide, the enforcement authority must take this into account when assessing compliance with the legislation.