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Food & Feed law

Food Law Codes of practice for Local Authorities

Codes of Practice

The Codes of Practice set out instructions and criteria to which the Local Authorities (Food and Feed Authorities) should have regard when engaged in the enforcement of food and feed law. Authorities must have regard to the processes and criteria in the Codes when carrying out Official Food Controls.

The Codes reflect current policy on enforcement and economic circumstances to ensure that intervention and enforcement action taken by officers is effective, consistent and proportionate.

If you have any queries about the Codes and/or Practice Guidance please contact enforcement@fss.scot.

Food and feed law guide

Food Standards Scotland maintains a guide to food and feed legislation in Scotland. Food information law and enforcement is covered separately on our Labelling pages.

Enforcement letters

Food Standards Scotland writes to local authority enforcement officers to advise them of changes to food or feed enforcement practices. You can browse all Enforcement letters below.

Reference

Subject

Author

Date of issue

FSS/ENF/17/018 Legislation to prohibit the use of the flavouring 4,5 epoxy dec-2(trans)-enal in foods Grainne Gilson 13/07/2017
FSS/ENF/17/017 LA Information Gathering Questionnaire Marion McArthur 07/06/2017
FSS/ENF/17/016 Amendment to Food Standards Training Manual 2017 - Additives in non-prepacked bread Grainne Gilson 06/06/2017
FSS/ENF/17/015 Traceability and Consumer Information - Fish landed in Scotland Patrick Smyth 31/05/2017
FSS/ENF/17/014 Labelling of GM Soya Bean Oil in Catering Establishments Grainne Gilson 16/05/2017
FSS/ENF/17/013 Exports to Russia - Questionnaire Patrick Smyth 17/05/2017
FSS/ENF/17/012 Use of Colour E 155 (brown HT) on Cooked Chicken Products Jacqui Angus 30/03/2017
FSS/ENF/17/011 -  Update 1 LAEMS Uplodaing 2016-2017 Graham Forbes 04/04/2017
FSS/ENF/17/011 LAEMS Uploading 2016-2017 Graham Forbes 28/03/2017
FSS/ENF/17/010 Internal Monitoring Guidance Marion McArthur 27/03/2017
FSS/ENF/17/009 Reporting of Serious Localised Food Hazards Ryan Bruce 21/03/2017
FSS/ENF/17/008 Freedom of Information Act 2000 Marion McArthur 21/03/2017
FSS/ENF/17/007 Sottish National Database Project Bryan Campbell 02/03/2017

FSS/ENF/17/006 

Revised Guidance on vacuum packing

Raymond Pang

07/02/2017

FSS/ENF/17/005

Approved Establishments Scottish National Protocol

Lorna Murray

07/02/2017

FSS/ENF/17/004

LAEMS and interim data

Jacqui Angus

27/01/2017

FSS/ENF/17/003 

Sprouted Seeds

Graham Forbes

17/04/2015

FSS/ENF/17/002

Export Health Certificates to China

Patrick Smyth

20/01/2017

FSS/ENF/17/001

Survey - Level of Activity on Export Certification by LA's

Patrick Smyth

06/01/2017

FSS/ENF/16/020

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) / Food Standards Agency (FSA) review of food recall arrangements in the UK food retail sector and forthcoming changes to how FSS/FSA Food Alerts are communicated

Ryan Bruce

23/12/2016

FSS/ENF/16/019

Invitation to apply for primary production funding 2017-2018

Jacqui Angus

21/12/2016

FSS/ENF/16/018

Food Hygiene Information Scheme Week 2016

Grainne Gilson

29/11/2016

FSS/ENF/16/017

Additives in Doner kebabs

Jacqui Angus

18/11/2016

FSS/ENF/16/016

FVO recommendations regarding fishery products audit

Patrick Smyth

07/11/2016

FSS/ENF/16/015

Food Manufacturing Establishments producing Cheese from unpasteurised milk within Scotland

Lorna Murray

07/10/2016

FSS/ENF/16/014

Audit Programme 16-19 - Capacity and Capability - Audit Brief

Marion McArthur

12/10/2016

FSS/ENF/16/013

Sale of Apricot Kernels and Bitter Almonds

Jacqui Angus

08/09/2016

FSS/ENF/16/012

Delivery of Official Controls letter from FSS. C.E to LA C.Es

Neil Douglas

14/03/2016

FSS/ENF/16/011

Consultation on vacuum packing

Raymond Pang

07/07/2016

FSS/ENF/16/010

Food Standards Official Controls in FSS approved plants

Jacqui Angus

23/08/2016

FSS/ ENF/16/009

2016 - 2019 LA Audit Programme

Neil Douglas

20/06/2016

FSS/ENF/16/008

Audit team LA Resources Questionnaire 2016-17

Neil Douglas

10/06/2016

FSS/ENF/16/007

2016 - 2019 LA Audit Programme

Neil Douglas

02/06/2016

FSS/ENF/16/006

LAEMS upload 2016

Graham Forbes

21/04/2016

FSS/ENF/16/005

Resumption of Trade with China - Live Crabs

Patrick Smyth

 

FSS/ENF/16/004

Use of cardboard tubes for the preparation of doner kebabs in approved doner kebab manufacturing establishments

Jacqui Angus

07/04/2016

FSS/ENF/16/003

(LAEMS) Information and Guidance for 2015/16 Returns

Graham Forbes 18/02/2016

FSS/ENF/16/002

Invitation to apply for primary production funding 2016-17

Jackie McCann

25/01/2016

FSS/ENF/16/001

FVO Recommendations for approved egg products establishments

Jacqui Angus

06/01/2016

FSS/ENF/15/016

Analysis of Added Sugars in Honey by NMR Methods

Jacqui Angus

22/12/15

FSS/ENF/16/015

Rare Burgers

Lorna Murray

14/12/2015

FSS/ENF/15/014

Food Contact Materials

Jacqui Angus

26/11/2015

FSS/ENF/15/014

Enforcement of breaches in relation to Use By dates

Jacqui Angus

23/11/2015

FSS/ENF/15/012

New enforcement powers for authorised officers

Bryan Campbell

18/11/2015

FSS/ENF/15/11

Cross Contamination Guidance

Lorna Murray

30/10/2015

FSS/ENF/15/010

Ban On Exports Of Brown Crabs To Hong Kong From Anglesey

Pat Smyth

25/08/2015

FSS/ENF/15/009

Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) in food

Bryan Campbell

21/08/2015

FSS/ENF/15/008

Establishments Approved for sprouted seeds

Jacqui Angus

12/08/2015

FSS/ENF/15/007

New enforcement powers for authorised officers and new duty for food business operators to report non-compliance with food information law

Bryan Campbell

05/08/2015

FSS/ENF/15/006

Erucic acid in mustard oil

Jacqui Angus

20/07/2015

FSS/ENF/15/05

Unauthorised use of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) as a carrier in some food colour pens (for cake decoration).

Jacqui Angus

25/05/2015

FSS/ENF/15/04

Invitation to apply for funding to carry out food sampling and analysis during 2015/16.

Jacqui Angus

12/05/2015

FSS/ENF/15/03

Food Allergy Incident – Recipe based claims on baked products

Jacqui Angus

12/05/2015

FSS/ENF/15/02

Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System Return 2014-15

Graham Forbes

20/04/2015

FSS/ENF/15/01

Resources Information-Gathering Questionnaire

Graham Forbes

17/04/2015

FSS/ENF/15/003

Clarification of Policy on Approval of ‘Standalone’ Cold Stores

Jacqui Angus

19/02/2015

ENF/S/15/002

Publication of full address details for all Approved Establishments

Karen Robertson

10/02/2015

ENF/STS/15/001 ENF/S/15/001

Invitation to apply for Primary Production funding 2015/16

Jackie McCann

02/02/2015

Enforcement letters - Feed

Reference

Subject

Author

Date of issue

FSS/ENFTS/17/002 Feed Law Enforcement Returns 2016-2017 Phil Hindell 23/05/2017
FSS/ENFTS/17/001 Animal Feed Review and Official Control Delivery 2017-2018 Jacqui Angus 02/03/2017

FSS/ENFTS/16/006

Invitation to apply for primary production funding 2017-2018

Jacqui Angus

21/12/16

FSS/ENFTS/16/005

Animal Feed Enforcement Returns 2015/16

Jacqui Angus

07/04/2016

FSS/ENFTS/16/004

Earned Recognition - Code of Practice and Practice Guidance

Jacqui Angus

24/03/2016

FSS/ENFTS/16/003

Feed - National Enforcement Priorities 2016/17

Jacqui Angus

15/02/16

FSS/ENFTS/16/002

Invitation to apply for primary production funding 2016-17

Jackie McCann

25/01/2016

FSS/ENFTS/16/001

Animal Feed Review in Scotland

Jacqui Angus

21/01/2016

FSS/ENFTS/15/005

Animal Feed Review in Scotland

Jacqui Angus

10/11/2015

FSS/ENFTS/15/004 

Local authority feed law enforcement returns for 2014/15 and updates to the register of feed premises

Jacqui Angus

31/07/2015

FSS/ENFTS/15/003

Formaldehyde

Jacqui Angus

25/04/2015

FSS/STS/15/002

National Enforcement Priorities

Jacqui Angus

09/04/2015

FSS/ENFTS/15/001

Invitation to apply for Primary Production funding 2015/16

Jacqui McCann

02/02/2015

*Please note that enforcement letters sent as Food Standards Scotland have the prefix 'FSS'.

Enforcement letters to local authority environmental health officers prior to 2015 are in The National Archive

Enforcement letters to local authority trading standards officers prior to 2015 are in The National Archive

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