Food Safety Legislation

Hygiene Guide for Food Businesses

New food hygiene laws came into force in the UK on 1 January 2006. They 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 Standards Agency produced a guidance booklet that takes account of amendments to the act in the General Food Regulations 2004 and the Food Safety Act 1990 (Amendment) Regulations 2004.

Get the information from the archived Food Safety website (this information is still up to date) Food Hygiene - A Guide for Businesses .

Food Legislation

The FSA has published a Food Law Guide which will be updated every 3 months, this document lists the relevant legislation for food businesses as well as what new legislation is coming into force or going through consultation. It also offers links to FSA guidance where there is any.

To see the current guide please visit the FSA's Food Law Guide page. Please check the date which the guide was published to ensure you are viewing the most up to date version.

Food Safety Guidance

To help Food Proprietors and Food Handlers meet the legal requirements for producing safe food, we have several pages and a number of guidance documents online.

Please go to our Food Safety Guidance page for links to other pages offering food safety advice, there are also several useful food safety leaflets available to download on this page.

We will regularly be updating this page and the food safety guidance page to ensure it has current legislation and new guidance and information on. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or need more information then please contact (01273) 292161, or email us at

Safer Food, Better Business

The main change in legislation is the requirement for all food businesses to have a documented food safety management system.

For further details of how to manage and maintain this new requirement, please see our safer food, better business page or take a look at our  Safer Food, Better Business Newsletter [PDF 723kb].  The council's Food Safety Team can be contacted on 01273 294266