Regulation and enforcement of food and feed law

The safety of food in Scotland is governed by laws and guidance, covering everything from production to processing, distribution, retail, packaging and labelling.

In this section, you can find information on the Food and Feed Law Codes of Practice and the Scottish Food and Feed Law Guide. You can also find a link to Food Information Law where there is information on this for food businesses and enforcement authorities on our Labelling pages.

Our regulation and enforcement of food and feed law in Scotland also covers audit of Local Authorities and audit of Approved meat premises. Food Standards Scotland has around 70 staff based in Approved meat premises around Scotland. Information on the work they undertake can be found here.

This section also includes information on Importing and Exporting food, along with information on how Food Standards Scotland tackles food fraud.

National control plan

The way different authorities and organisations work together on food law in the UK is described by the Multi-Annual National Control Plan.

Your Local Authority

Problems or concerns about poor hygiene and safety in a food outlet or a food standards issue such as mislabelled food should be reported to the local authority. In Scotland, Officers authorised within environmental health services deal with all food law enforcement matters.

If you have any suspicious about food being offered for sale, please report it to your Local Authority.

Food business operators who suspect that any food information law is being contravened must report this directly to Food Standards Scotland. 

Use this tool to find the right local authority to help you to register a food complaint or register a new business.


A lot of the detailed legislation on food safety and standards in Scotland is from the European Union. You can read more about it on

Codex Alimentarius

There are international standards on food and agricultural products, set down to ensure fair trade and consumer protection. Collectively, they’re known as Codex Alimentarius.

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