Food Safety and Food Hygiene

George Green’s food safety and food hygiene solicitors can help you or your business if you have to deal with an investigation or prosecution.

The Food Standards Agency is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK.  It works with local authorities to enforce food safety legislation.

Local authorities have the power to inspect premises run by food business operators.  If a breach of the laws governing food safety and food hygiene is identified, the local authority can commence an investigation against the food business operator which could result in prosecution.

Conviction for food safety and food hygiene offences can lead to substantial fines and the risk of custodial sentences being imposed on individuals. There has been a dramatic increase in the level of fines since the new sentencing guidelines were introduced.  They must be followed by courts when sentencing these types of offences.

We have considerable experience of representing food business operators in food safety and food hygiene investigations and prosecutions.

What food safety and food hygiene cases do you deal with?

We deal with a broad range of food safety and food hygiene cases including but not limited to:

  • Food hygiene investigations/ prosecutions
  • Food safety investigations/ prosecutions
  • Pest infestations
  • Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notices/Orders
  • Product recalls
  • Appeals against food hygiene rating scores
  • Food labelling
  • Food fraud
  • Interviews under caution/ PACE interviews

If you or your business is notified that it is being investigated for a breach of food safety or food hygiene legislation, you should seek urgent advice from a specialist food safety and food hygiene lawyer.  You should not try to handle it alone.