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Food law and takeaways

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

To make sure 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.

Wales Heads of Trading Standards (WHoTS) have put together a guide to give advice to takeaways on what they need to do to comply with food law. This guide covers the legal requirements covering these food standards areas:

  • descriptions applied to food and drink
  • genetically modified and irradiated food
  • food allergies
  • colours in take away foods
  • food labelling
  • food sampling by authorised officers
  • prices and price display.

The guide is available in thirteen different languages and is avaiable to download from the WHoTS website.

The guide is available in:

  • English
  • Welsh
  • Bengali
  • Cantonese
  • Hindi 
  • Kurdish
  • Polish 
  • Punjabi 
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese 
  • Thai
  • Turkish 
  • Urdu