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Hygiene improvement notices are used by enforcement authorities such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) or a local authority, to enforce the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 (FSH(E)R 2013), SI 2013/2996.
The effect of such a notice is to require a 'food business operator' to take measures which are necessary to secure compliance with FSH(E)R 2013. See Applying the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.
Hygiene improvement notices should be distinguished from improvement notices issued under the Food Safety Act 1990 (FSA 1990). Improvement notices issued under FSA 1990 are used to enforce the regulations made under Part II of FSA 1990.
Failure to comply with a hygiene improvement notice issued under FSH(E)R 2013 is a criminal offence.
Guidance on using hygiene improvement notices is provided by the:
Food Law Practice Guidance (England) issued by the FSA, and
Food Law Code of Practice (England) issued under the under the Food Safety Act 1990, FSH(E)R 2013, and the Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2009
The FSA in Wales has also issued a Food Law Code of Practice and associated practice guidance for Wales.
A hygiene improvement notice can only be issued if:
an authorised officer
has reasonable grounds for believing
that a food business operator
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