Bitesize Health And Safety

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What is the main aim of the food safety act?

The Food Safety Act 1990 provides the framework for all food legislation in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland the Food Safety Order 1991 provides a comparable framework.


The main responsibilities for all food businesses under the Act are to ensure that:

  • Businesses do not include anything in food, remove anything from food or treat food in any way which means it would be damaging to the health of the people eating it;

  • The food that businesses serve or sell is of the nature, substance or quality which consumers would expect, and:

  • The food is labelled, advertised and presented in a way that is not false or misleading.

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Why do so many people chop their heads off?

There are a number of acts and regulations that cover food safety in the UK, mostly based on interpretations of an underpinning European law.

As each country in the UK has the right to interpret the underpinning law individually, there are often country specific versions for each act or law. The differences between these interpretations is beyond the scope of this course but links are provided on our website.

There are also specific areas of food production, such as the dairy industry and slaughterhouses, that have their own specific legislation, again detailing these is beyond the scope of this course.

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