An Introduction to Food Safety Legislation

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  • Published: April 2017
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Food safety in the UK is enforced by various pieces of legislation. The legislation applies to any firm that is involved in the production, processing, storage, distribution and sale of food.

The Food Safety Act 1990 (the Act) is the main piece of UK legislation relating to food safety and is supplemented by UK and European Union (EU) food regulations.

Under this Act, the definition of food includes drinks, substances of no nutritional value which can be consumed by humans such as vitamins and chewing gum, and substances used as ingredients in the preparation of food. The Act also defines a food business as 'any business in the course of which commercial operations with respect to food or food sources are carried out'.

This factsheet summarises the key legislation relating to food safety, including EU regulations.

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