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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 Law Code of Practice Review

The consultation for the first phase of changes to the Food Law Code of Practice (Scotland) closed on 25 September 2018. The consultation sought feedback from stakeholders on an updated Code that reflects changes in legislation and practice since 2015.

Further updates about these changes will be published in due course.

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 and all letters are published on this website.

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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