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The food standards team deals with food labelling, allergen information and food composition as well as tackling food fraud. The team also covers the enforcement of animal feed hygiene, labelling, nutrition, and composition. Find out more about the work carried out.
What does the food standards team do?
Officers from the food standards team inspect businesses to ensure that both food and animal feed is safe, appropriately labelled and of the required quality. Furthermore, officers from the team seek to ensure that the hygiene of animal feed premises is suitable.
The food standards team covers the following areas:
Identifying and preventing the supply of counterfeit and substituted foods (e.g. substitution of meat and counterfeit spirits)
Food fraud (e.g. misleading claims)
Chemical contamination of food
Food labelling (ensure food is accurately labelled and as described)
Feed hygiene and safety (helping to ensure that the food we eat is safe from farm to fork)
Checks on imported feed.
Animal feed export health certificates (non-animal origin).
Do inspectors have powers to enter a food business?
All information pertaining to to food inspections is available from The food safety inspection process page.
Where can I find out more information about food standards?
A range of advice notes are on hand with further information on food standards issues.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) website contains a wealth of information on food standards legislation, guidance and news.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website has further information on the labelling of food products.
The GOV.UK website has further information on the distance selling of products.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) website has further information regarding food standards and trading standards issues.
The council's trading standards team can also provide further information on any non-food business issues.
For further advice please contact by:
Telephone: (01482) 396301
Where can I find more information about the food safety inspections process?
More information is provided on the Food safety inspections process page.