Food Law Code of Practice

The current Code of Practice for England came into force on 6 April 2014. The Code is subject to an ongoing review process to reflect developments in enforcement policy and the changing nature of the food industry.

The most recent changes include:

  • clarification of the descriptors used to rate and assign intervention frequencies at food establishments
  • greater focus on businesses with persistent or serious non compliances by reducing the frequency of interventions in those businesses with good management controls in place
  • a reduction in dual enforcement in a small number of establishments currently subject to both FSA and LA control.

The Food Law Code can now also be accessed in its new web based format below.

Any associated information will be found in the guidance or related link sections. Authorities are advised to refer to this version to ensure it has the most up-to-date advice possible.

If authorities do need to access the downloadable versions of either the Code or the Practice Guidance they can be found in the related links section below.

If you have any suggestions on how the FSA can improve the functionality of these pages for officers please contact us as we are keen to develop this to suit your needs:

[email protected]

If you have any queries about the content of the Code of Practice please contact:

Rachel Patrick
Code of Practice and Guidance Team
Local Delivery Division
1st floor, Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6NH
tel: 020 7276 8128 email: [email protected]


Section 6 - Sampling and analysis

Section 7 - Internal and Food Standards Agency monitoring

Supporting guidance and resources