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EUR-Lex: Summaries of EU Legislation: Food safety  

The European Union's food safety policy aims to protect consumers, while guaranteeing the smooth operation of the single market. Dating from 2003, the policy centres on the concept of traceability both of inputs (e.g. animal feed) and of outputs (e.g. primary production, processing, storage, transport and retail sale). The EU has agreed standards to ensure food hygiene, animal health and welfare, and plant health and to control contamination from external substances, such as pesticides. Rigorous checks are carried out at every stage, and imports (e.g. meat) from outside the EU are required to meet the same standards and go through the same checks as food produced within the EU.

Europa: European Commission: Food Safety  

The EU integrated approach to food safety aims to assure a high level of food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health within the European Union through coherent farm-to-table measures and adequate monitoring, while ensuring the effective functioning of the internal market.

Food Standards Agency: Food Law Guide  

A comprehensive guide to the provisions of the 1990 Food Safety Act and other UK legislation covering the composition and labelling of foods, chemical safety, food hygiene, control of foodstuffs, and trading and marketing standards.

University of Reading, Department of Food Biosciences: Food Law Pages  

Prepared to assist students taking courses in food Law at the University of Reading. Maintained by Dr David Jukes.

The Directory: European and EU Institutions

European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA)  

Agency with responsibility for the protection and promotion of public and animal health, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use.

The Directory: Government Departments: Non-ministerial

Food Standards Agency (FSA)  Live bookmark  

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK. It works with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations and its staff work in UK meat plants to check the standards are being met. The FSA also has responsibility for labelling policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and for nutrition policy in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Responsibility for nutrition policy in Wales lies with the Welsh Government. FSA is a non-ministerial department of the Department of Health

Guidance: Exporting GM food and animal feed products if there’s no Brexit deal
Guidance: Health marks on meat, fish and dairy products if there’s no Brexit deal
Guidance: Importing high-risk food and animal feed if there’s no Brexit deal
Detailed guide: Export food for animals: special rules
Official Statistics: Local Authority Food Law Enforcement Returns 2017/18
Research and analysis: Chronic wasting disease: risk assessments
Official Statistics: FSA bi-annual public attitudes tracker: results for May 2018
News story: Listeriosis cases linked to frozen sweetcorn

The Directory: Local Government Organisations

Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS)  

Assists UK local authorities to improve the quality of trading standards and food enforcement by promoting coordination consistency and good regulation.

The Directory: Regulators

Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI)  

Regulates public water supplies in England and Wales.

Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency  

Government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.

The Directory: Research Organisations

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)  

Independent, not-for-profit plant research and information centre based in Cambridge.

UK Research Councils  

There are seven UK Research Councils each established under Royal Charter: Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic & Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council.

The Directory: Trade and Industry Organisations

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)  

Represents about 2,000 pharmaceutical companies undertaking research, development and manufacturing of medicinal products for human use in Europe.

Food Advertising Unit  

Set up in 1995 under the auspices of the Advertising Association, as a centre for information, communication and research on the issue of food advertising to children.