Local authorities

We work closely with local authority enforcement officers to make sure food law is applied throughout the food chain.

EU Exit guidance

We work closely with local authority officers to make sure feed and food law is applied throughout the food chain. We work in partnership with all 32 local authorities across Scotland to ensure that feed and food law is maintained and monitored in their area.

Find my local authority.

Audits of local authorities.

Local authority approvals.

EU Exit

Read answers to commonly asked questions around EU Exit and guidance for business and industry.


We have published information and guidance on coronavirus and food, this includes answers to frequently asked questions as well as specific guidance for food businesses and their employees.

Read our coronavirus guidance

There is also specific information for local authorities about food package provision through the Food Fund during COVID-19.

Read our information on food package provision 

Food and Feed Law

The Codes of Practice set out instructions and criteria to which the local authorities (Food and Feed Authorities) should refer to when engaged in the enforcement of food and feed law.

More information on food and feed law.

Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee (SFELC) 

This was set up to co-ordinate food law enforcement, sampling and surveillance activities of Scottish local authorities and comprises representatives of central and local government, consumers and industry. SFELC produces advice and guidance for food safety enforcement staff and food businesses on a number of topics.

More information on SFELC and associated working groups.

Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP)

The MANCP for the UK details the roles and responsibilities of the different authorities and organisations involved in monitoring compliance with, and enforcement of, feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules and plant health requirements.

Further information on MANCP.

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Guidance for local authorities

An overview of some of our guidance for local authorities.

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Official feed and food laboratories

Details of official feed and food laboratories that are designated to undertake sample analysis work for Scotland.