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Part of our job is to evaluate the effectiveness of the official controls system in England, Wales and NI. To do this we plan and carryout audit programmes in each country.

Last updated: 6 February 2023
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Last updated: 6 February 2023
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The official controls audited cover a diverse range of activities from primary production on farms, eggs, dairy, slaughterhouses, cutting plants, animal feed, shellfish and fishery products, through to the retail sector such as supermarkets, butchers, restaurants.

The official controls system is operated by food and feed enforcement officers from competent authorities including, local authority, port health authority, the FSA itself, either directly or through contracts or service level agreements with other organisations such as the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland.

Audit Reports 

We have carried out a number of focused audits which look at specific aspects of local authority enforcement work.

Local Authority Recovery Plan  Assurance Assessment (tranche 2): summary report (England)

Local Authority Recovery Plan Assurance Assessment: Summary Report (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) February 2023 (PDF)

Audit Documents 

Northern Ireland

For more information on local authority audits you will need to log into the FSA Smarter Communications platform.