The Food Standards Agency provides help for officers to develop their knowledge through training tools, professional courses and funding for local authority-led work.
Food law, and its enforcement, changes over time. It is essential that enforcement officers keep up to date with these changes.
We work with local authorities to further develop their enforcement services. One area in which we are active is a continuing programme of quality update training for local authority feed and food law authorised officers at a cost that is affordable to local authorities. These courses have been devised for the use of feed and food law enforcement officers currently employed by local authorities only. They are not available for the general public, students or consultants.
Contact points for training enquiries
Please note that not all courses are available UK-wide and you should contact the appropriate department for courses run in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Contact for the training portfolio for Local Authorities:
Julian Ciepluch, tel: 020 7276 8449
Food standards, food allergens and imported food training contact:
Food Standards Support, tel: 020 7276 8017
Imported Food contact:
Ann Reason, tel: 020 7276 8139
Animal feed training contact:
Sharon Nandhra, tel: 020 7276 8469
Clare Ireland, tel: 01224 285119
Jane Davies, tel: 02920 678901
Karen Flanigan, tel: 028 90417722
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