The Framework Agreement on the provision by local authorities of official controls on feed and food (opened in a new window) is the mechanism by which the ACF sets standards for the application of local food legislation, including the ACF`s monitoring and auditing processes. With regard to food standards (composition, chemical contamination, falsification and labelling of foodstuffs), 100% of returns were received, so that the full data set for 2018/2019 was used for comparison purposes. There is a code of conduct for food legislation and a code of conduct for animal feed legislation. It defines how local authorities should apply food legislation. LAEMS is a web system in which local authorities download data generated by the local system where they record data on law enforcement activities in the food sector. After uploading to LAEMS, local authority data is aggregated according to the predefined categories required by the FSA, such as interventions. B, sampling and enforcement. The FSA monitors the performance of local authorities through returns and reports from the Local Law Enforcement Control System (LAEMS) on an annual basis, which are published online. This report provides an overview of local government activity from April 2019 to March 2020. We recognize that, towards the end of this period and since then, COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for local authorities to carry out their legal food functions, protect their communities and control the spread of the disease. With regard to food hygiene, all six returns from LA were received in time for analysis of the data for this report. Data from the six were omitted during the analysis with the 2018/19 dataset, allowing for a fair comparison of the data.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) works with environmental officials from the City Council and the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to ensure that food and feed legislation is applied throughout the food chain. How they cooperate is defined in the framework agreement. “Local authorities are verifying that food companies are taking legal responsibility to produce safe food and what they say. One of the tasks of the ASA is to ensure that local authorities carry out these checks and, if necessary, take action against companies. Although some changes have been made to the various elements of food control, the overall table 2019/20 is generally no different from that of 2018/19, particularly in England and Wales. In Northern Ireland, the situation has improved, including an increase in the share of measures to be taken for food hygiene and food standards.