The Food Safety Act 1990 provides the framework for all food legislation. The Act applies to all types of food businesses and the main responsibilities under the Act are:
The Food Standards Agency has provided a guidance document for businesses.
The Code of Practice governs the enforcement and execution of The Food Safety Act 1990. The purpose of this is to ensure that every local authority discharges its duty as effectively as possible using means that are most appropriate to the circumstances. It also regulates the standard of enforcement throughout every local authority in England.
Local authorities have a statutory duty to enforce legislation relating to food, including the primary production of food and imported food. This is done through programmed inspections, sampling and responding to food complaints.