ACTION: Ensure you comply with the latest food and procurement legislation – contact the Food Standards Agency if in any doubt.
Public sector procurement is governed by the EU Procurement Directives and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which transpose them into national law. All public procurement must follow the EU Treaty principles of fairness, non-discrimination, transparency and proportionality. More information is provided in the accompanying sub-sections and links provided back to the General PRP for reference.
There are also many legislative requirements relating to food provision, safety, quality, labelling and composition. A useful summary of legislation can be found in the FSA's Food Law Guide.
Food businesses must comply with the various legislation and ensure they have HACCP system in place (examined in next section). Public sector organisations supplying food have an obligation to complete effective due diligence to ensure the quality and compliance of their suppliers so that it minimises any safety risks to its recipients.
Food Hygiene Legislation is being regularly updated. Your local Environmental Health Officer (EHO) will be able to provide you with advice and guidance on both the law and its application. In addition, you may find further information on your local council website.
Local Authorities are responsible for auditing all types of businesses in the food industry including Public Services and this is the role of Trading Standards and Environmental Health Officers.
This section examines the legislation that applies to public sector procurement and food safety, the role of the FSA and due diligence requirements in more detail.
Public sector organisations supplying food have an obligation to complete effective due diligence to ensure the quality and compliance of their suppliers so that it minimises any safety risks to its recipients.