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Keeping your food safe right through the food chain. From farming and manufacturing to retail and catering, here you will find advice on how to manage food hygiene and safety at every stage of the business.

EU references in FSA guidance documents are relevant during the transition period

The UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. EU law continues to apply in the UK during the transition period, including rules on food and feed. This means references in our guidance to EU regulations (as amended) and any related EU guidance material remain relevant.

From 1 January 2021, other than in Northern Ireland, any references to EU Regulations should be read as meaning retained EU law. You can access retained EU law via HM Government EU Exit Web Archive. This should be read alongside any EU Exit legislation that was made to ensure retained EU law operates correctly in a UK context. EU Exit legislation is on In Northern Ireland, EU law will continue to apply in respect to the majority of food and feed hygiene and safety law, as listed in the Northern Ireland Protocol, and retained EU law will not apply to Northern Ireland in these circumstances.

When we publish new and amended guidance after the transition period, we will aim to ensure that cross-references are updated to accurately reflect the law which is then in force. 


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