Food safety is the protection of consumers from harm from food. Compliance with food safety legislation reduces the risk of food poisoning or food-borne disease outbreaks and other hazards occurring.

Food safety law is enforced by environmental health practitioners employed by local authorities.

This topic covers the steps providers need to take to ensure high standards of food hygiene. Further information is available in the topics on Hygiene, Meals and Mealtimes, Illnesses and Injuries and Early Years Nutrition.

See also topics on EC Regulation 852/2004: General Food Hygiene Requirements for Businesses and Temperature Control Requirements for Foodstuffs.

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