Food Hygiene Legislation

The main food hygiene laws in the UK are the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 (and equivalent regulations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs.

– The 2006 law is based on EU legislation that incorporates many points from previous UK food hygiene and safety acts

– It is a legal requirement for businesses to implement a food hygiene plan based on HACCP principles

– Flyscreens are a legal requirement where windows and doors open to the outside

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29th April 2004 of the Hygiene of Foodstuffs states:

–  “Premises and vending machines are, so far as is reasonably practicable, to be sited, designed, constructed and kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition as to avoid the risk of contamination, in particular by animals and pests.” (Annex II Food premises: Chapter III: point 1)

–  “Adequate procedures are to be in place to control pests.” (Annex II Food premises: Chapter IX: point 4)

– “Those windows which can be opened to the outside environment are, where necessary, to be fitted with insect-proof screens which can be easily removed for cleaning.” (Annex II Food premises: Chapter II: point 1(D))

HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)

– All food businesses must put in place ‘food safety management procedures’ based on the principles of HACCP

– HACCP helps businesses to put procedures in place to control hazards

– Businesses must consider the control of pests in their HACCP plan, and maintenance records of any equipment (including flykillers) will become part of the plan

– If a pest control company is employed to monitor the premises on a regular basis, their reports should be kept as part of HACCP documentation

The Food Standards Agency provide further information on food hygiene regulation and good practice - www.food.gov.uk