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The Food Law Code of Practice (Wales) Review 2018

Wales specific
This consultation seeks comments on proposals to amend and update the Food Law Code of Practice.

Consultation target audience

Local Authorities, Professional Bodies with an interest in Food Law, Food Businesses and their Trade Associations

Subject of this consultation

The Food Law Code of Practice (Wales) (the Code) provides direction and guidance on the execution and enforcement of food law.  The Code is issued under section 40 of the Food Safety Act, and associated regulations and sets-out authoritative instructions and criteria to which Food Authorities must have regard. The Code requires periodic revision to ensure it reflects current enforcement practices and supports the delivery of food law enforcement services by Food Authorities, including obligation in respect of Official Controls. It aims to ensure enforcement activity is effective, consistent, risk-based and proportionate.

Purpose of this consultation

The FSA is inviting comments on proposed amendments to the Food Law Code of Practice (Wales) (the Code). In particular, the amendments aim to:

  • address comments provided by stakeholders in response to a consultation in 2015. The consultation clarified arrangements for food business registration and the inspection of mobile food establishments, ships and aircraft in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory activity; and also revised the competency and qualification requirements for authorised officers involved in delivering Official Controls and other enforcement activities;
  • update and provide additional guidance on food incidents and dealing with criminality i.e. food fraud and food crime; and,
  • improve the presentation, structure and layout of the document and provide additional clarification on the execution and enforcement
  • of food law to enhance consistency in delivery by Food Authorities in Wales.

All comments and views should be sent to

Local Authority and Audit Team

Food Standards Agency Wales
11th Floor, Southgate House
Wood Street, Cardiff
CF10 1EW

029 20678908 

Responses are requested by: Friday, 23 February 2018

Publication of response summary

Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.

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Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.