Last updated on 7 April 2014

Revised Food Law Code of Practice for England published

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The FSA today published the revised Food Law Code of Practice for England, which provides guidance to local authorities on their approach to official controls at food business establishments. The current Code of Practice for England came into force on 6 April 2014.

Main changes

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 local authority control

New format

This version of the Code is now available in web page format, rather than only as a PDF. The new format aims to be more user-friendly with direct links to additional guidance materials, forms and legislation that are referred to in the Code. We will be regularly reviewing this format. If you have any comments or feedback, please email

Read the revised Code of Practice for England