Introduction to the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
Introduction to the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013

The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Introduction to the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
  • What are the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
  • What is the substance of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013?
  • Effects of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013

What are the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013

The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 (FSH(E)R 2013), SI 2013/2996 consolidate the provisions of two separate statutory instruments concerned with food safety (the General Food Regulations 2004, SI 2004/3279) and food hygiene (the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, SI 2006/14). Some minor changes to the 2004 and 2006 regulations have been made in the consolidated instrument without altering the obligations that fall on food businesses.

The FSH(E)R 2013 apply in relation to England only and came into force on 31 December 2013. It is expected that all enforcement action pertaining to food safety and food hygiene should be taken under the regulations.

The earlier regulations have been consolidated as a result of the red tape challenge initiative as part of the Food Standard Agency's (FSA) programme to introduce a simplified system of food safety legislation and to assist food businesses in identifying the law as it applies to them.

Following implementation, the FSA works with local authorities and Port Health Authorities where problems arise or suspected infringements of the regulations arise. The effectiveness of the regulations is also monitored via general feedback from industry and enforcement authorities.

The Regulations provide for the execution and enforcement in England of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the