Whilst we are responsible for regulating food hygiene in food businesses and carrying out your inspections; it is the Food Standards Agency who is the national agency responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK.

Food Standards Agency

You will find a wealth of information and courses to assist new and established food businesses on their website. Some key areas to start are:

EU Transition (Brexit)

As of 1 January 2021 there are new rules for businesses and citizens following the UK's departure from the EU.

If you import goods from the EU, export goods to the EU, move goods to or from Northern Ireland, travel to the EU, live or work in the EU or if you are staying in the UK if you're an EU citizen you need to act now.

You can get a complete list of what you need to do for you, your business and your family.

As of 1 October 2021 new actions are required for businesses importing products of animal origin into Great Britain from the EU. There are free webinars available for traders to give more information and to answer questions.

For further business advice please view our Business support and advice page and our EU Transition for businesses page

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is also a good source of information for businesses.

Future changes in legislations

Food labelling requirements for prepacked for direct sale food (PPDS) will change from 1 October 2021 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The Food Standards Agency have created a dedicated PPDS page with all the new guidance, tools and videos.

For up-to-date information on changes in legislations please check our dedicated webpage.