What are food standards?
Food Standards is the legal requirements covering the quality, composition, labelling,
and presentation of food. There are many regulations regarding labelling of specific
products in addition to general labelling regulations. Also, there are many regulations
controlling contaminants in food.
Do you inspect for food standards?
Yes, Food Standards inspections are carried out to ensure that food presented to
the consumer is correctly labelled and its composition meets any legal requirements.
Food establishments must ensure that products they produce and sell are appropriately
labelled and have all necessary information required by the legislation displayed
for the customer. Depending on the type of business this can be on labels, invoices,
Proprietors of food businesses must ensure that any claims made regarding the foods
are accurate and can be backed up with evidence or documentation
How do you decide when to inspect a food business?
After an inspection, the business is assessed using a priority rating scheme which
is set by the Food Standards Agency. The assessment considers the extent of the
business and how well it complies with the regulations. This gives a score, which
dictates the minimum frequency that the business should be visited.
Where can I find the legislation that affects my business?
You can access a full index of food legislation applicable in Scotland via the
Food Law in Scotland index. Also, most legislation is available, free of
charge, from the HMSO