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Food law and takeaways

Food law requires that the labelling, advertising and presentation of food, and the information made available about it, should not mislead consumers.

In order that the food you sell is accurately described on the menu, carefully check labels, specifications, delivery documents and invoices for both prepared foods and ingredients. Product specifications may change over time, so check regularly.

This guide covers the legal requirements regarding the following Trading Standards areas:

  • Descriptions applied to food and drink. 
  • Genetically modified & irradiated food.
  • Food allergies.
  • Colours in take away foods.
  • Food labelling.
  • Food sampling by authorised officers.
  • Prices and price display.
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