Within West Yorkshire, Trading Standards and Environmental Health share joint responsibility for enforcing provision of the Food Safety Act 1990 and often work in partnership together.
We ensure food is safe, correctly described and labelled, traceable and contains the right ingredients. We inspect food premises including manufacturers, retailers, caterers, distributors and their associated websites, sampling and test purchasing foods for analysis, and provide business advice on quality systems and best practice.
We consider all food items to ensure that the labeling and compositional standards meet the legislative requirements. We also consider materials in contact with food, the packaging in direct contact with foods to ensure that it meets compositional standards.
'Food' includes prepacked and non prepacked items intended for human consumption. This includes traditionally associated items e.g. bread, cheese, meat, chocolate and also products such as food supplements where we share responsibility with the MHRA [link to site] and Novel foods which are new and innovative food stuffs that emerge onto the market.
We consider all these items to ensure that the labelling and compositional standards meet the legislative requirements.
We also consider materials in contact with food, the packaging in direct contact with foods to ensure that it meets compositional standards.
Complaints should be initially made to Citizens Advice consumer advice helpline 03454 040506 who will give initial advice on any civil redress and where appropriate refer your complaint to Trading Standards.
Trading Standards will review the complaints received and In line with service procedures take proportionate and appropriate action.
Consumer complaints in relation to food matters received by Trading Standards include:
Current national product recall information, allergy alerts and news can be viewed here.