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Food Hygiene Legislation

Legislation that applies to food businesses.

Food hygiene laws affect all food businesses, including caterers, primary producers (such as farmers), manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

How the legislation affects you will depend on the size and type of your business.

The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013

These regulations are supported by European Regulation 852/2004.

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004

This regulation requires food business operators to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. A guidance document for the hygiene of foodstuffs and for the implementation of procedures based on the HACCP principles is available in the download section.

Regulation (EC) No 853/2004

This regulation concentrates on food businesses handling food of animal origin at all stages of the food chain. A guidance document for the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 on the hygiene of foods of animal origin is available in the download section.

Regulation (EC) No 178/2002

This regulation relates to general food safety is available in the download section.

The Food Safety Act 1990

This act provides the basis for much domestic food law and applies to the whole of Great Britain. A Food Safety Act 1990 guidance document for food businesses is available in the download section.

Business Link offer practical advice for the food industry which can be obtained from the Offsite Link section.