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FSA Enforcement Policy in Approved Meat Plants

Outline of the FSA's policy applied by officials when taking enforcement action against those running food business which contravene regulatory requirements.
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The FSA's main objective, as set out in the Food Standards Act 1999, is to protect public health from risks which arise in connection with the consumption of food, including risks caused by the way in which it is produced or supplied, and to protect the interests of consumers in relation to food.

The FSA has responsibility for the enforcement of legislation in England and Wales relating to public health, animal welfare at slaughter and animal health controls in approved establishments under veterinary control. In Northern Ireland this is the responsibility of DAERA.


EU references in FSA guidance documents 

The FSA is updating all EU references, to accurately reflect the law now in force, in all new or amended guidance published since the Transition Period ended at the end of 2020. In some circumstances it may not always be practicable for us to have all EU references updated at the point we publish new or amended guidance. 

Other than in Northern Ireland, any references to EU Regulations in this guidance 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.