Safer food, better business - Legislation

Food hygiene laws that came into force in the UK on 1 January 2006 affect all food businesses, including:

  • Caterers
  • Primary producers (such as farmers)
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Childminders
  • Butchers

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

The law requires food businesses to put into place food safety management procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. In essence, the new Regulations add documentation and verification to the existing requirements.

The law will not require classical HACCP to be applied in food businesses, but businesses will need to develop food safety management systems based on HACCP principles with documentation and record keeping being proportionate to the nature and size of the business.

For further information and to download the pack please go to the Food Standards Agency website (FSA).



Last Updated on Monday, March 20, 2023