Food and feed law

Food Law Codes of Practice for local authorities.

Codes of Practice

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

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

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Food and feed law guide

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

Enforcement letters

We write to local authority enforcement officers to advise them of changes to food or feed enforcement practices and all letters are published on this website. In addition, previous letters to local authorities concerning feed enforcement practices are provided.

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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Post EU arrangements

Changes to the regulatory and business environment


Frequently asked questions about EU Exit

Answers to some commonly asked questions about food and feed legislative changes due to Brexit.