Enforcement strategy and tools

The Food Standards Agency works with enforcement officers to ensure that food and feed law is applied across the entire food chain.

The responsibilities of all the enforcement authorities in the UK are set out in the Single Integrated National Control Plan for the UK.

The Agency’s interaction with enforcement officers is set out in the Framework Agreement on Local Authority Enforcement. This document gives a structure to the Agency’s supervision of local authority enforcement work.

The Food Law Code of Practice (and the equivalent Feed Law code) sets out the way local authorities should apply food law, and how they should work with food businesses. Practice guidance is also provided as a further help to enforcement officers.

The Agency also provides guidance on specific regulations which are relevant to enforcement officers and food businesses to ensure that the law is clear.

More in this section

  • Compliance and Enforcement Strategy

    The Compliance and Enforcement Strategy sets out our approach to making sustained improvements in the compliance of food and feed business operators. It was agreed by the FSA Board in 2011.

  • Food law code of practice

    The current Code of Practice for England came into force on 6 April 2014. The Code is subject to an ongoing review process to reflect developments in enforcement policy and the changing nature of the food industry.

  • Feed Law Code of Practice

    The code of practice sets out instructions and criteria to which local authorities – the feed authorities – should have regard when engaged in the enforcement of animal feed law. Feed authorities must follow and implement the provisions of the code that apply to them.

  • Food fraud

    What to do if you suspect or know food fraud is taking place and resources available to local authorities tackling food fraud.

  • Report an incident

    Businesses are legally required to inform their local authority/port health authority and the Food Standards Agency if there is reason to believe that food or feed is not compliant with food or feed safety requirements. The authorities will advise you of any action you might need to take.

  • Making every inspection count: top tips

    Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits of local authorities' feed and food law enforcement arrangements have identified core Service areas that are critical to maintaining effective service provision and improving food business compliance.

  • Framework Agreement

    The Framework Agreement on Official Feed and Food Controls by Local Authorities provides the Agency with a mechanism for implementing its powers under the Food Standards Act to influence and oversee local authority enforcement activity.

  • Working with diverse communities

    As part of the Food Standards Agency's Engagement of Asian Communities Project, the Agency invites local authorities to share good practice and research work aimed at improving food safety awareness among Asian consumers and food businesses in Great Britain.

  • Letters to local authorities

    An archive of information and guidance issued to all authorities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland concerning food or feed hygiene/standards issues.

  • Multi-Annual National Control Plan for the United Kingdom

    The Multi-Annual National Control Plan (MANCP) for the United Kingdom details the roles and responsibilities of the different authorities and organisations involved in the monitoring compliance with, and enforcement of, feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules and plant health requirements.