Laws & Legislation
Prevention of Damage by Pests Act.
If a building or person is involved in the manufacture, storage, transportation or sale of food, and an infestation is present, the owner must take steps to control the infestation or notify the Local Authority.
Food Safety Act.
Organisations and businesses that manufacture, process, store, distribute, prepare, package or sell food must ensure that human food is safe to eat.
It is an offence to supply, sell, advertise, be in possession of food that is unfit for human consumption.
Food and food products must be prevented from being damaged or contaminated by pests. Food premises must be kept in good condition, clean and free from rubbish which may attract pests.
Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations.
Food must not be contaminated by pests. Food premises should have suitable controls in place to protect against pests. The layout, design and construction of food premises must aim to avoid harbouring pests and should protect food against external sources of pests. Windows in food preparation, processing and treatment rooms, must, where necessary, be fitted with insect proof screens.
Refuse areas should be constructed to prevent pests gaining access.
Health and Safety at Work (Including COSHH)
Employers must take the necessary measures to secure the Health, Safety and Welfare of employees and other people.
Enforcement of the Law
1. failure to comply with legislation can invoke substantial penalties such as:
2. fines of up to £20,000 for each offence
3. unlimited fines in Crown Court
4. 6 months to 2 years imprisonment
5. closure of premises
6. 2 years disqualification from catering
7. loss of reputation, income and business profits