An introduction to food law


2-3 July 2024


Members - £1120 + VAT
Non-members - £1450 + VAT


Campden BRI, Chipping Campden

Delegate Feedback:

  • Presented well with significant expertise. The variety of presenter styles keeps the focus levels high.
  • Tutors were all great, very helpful with questions and extremely knowledgeable.
  • All tutors were very knowledgeable and ready to answer questions and made sure everyone understood content.
  • Very good, clear, and made everything easy to understand.
  • Tutors were very clear, and I could follow and understand the content. They were all very knowledgeable and helpful with questions.

Benefits of attending

All aspects of the food industry, from production and processing to packaging, are governed by an extensive system of laws, regulations, codes of practice and guidance. The course provides a valuable introduction to UK and harmonised EU law and other relevant information controlling food and drink manufacture. It is designed for those new to the food industry or those wanting a broad overview of the practicalities of food legislation, and is particularly appropriate for food quality assurance and product development personnel to ensure that they have a solid grounding in the most relevant legislation.

This course does not cover food labelling, Campden BRI's Food and Drink Labelling course provides in-depth training on labelling.

Training Course content

General Food Law

• The origin, purpose and nature of UK and EU food law
• General food safety requirements; offences, due diligence, traceability and product recall
• Consumer protection obligations, including product safety and liability
• Trademarks, patents and intellectual property

Chemical Safety

• Chemical food safety; additives, processing aids
• Contaminants and residues
• Food contact materials

Biological Safety

• Food hygiene controls
• Irradiation

Standards for Particular Products

• Compositional standards
• Fortification - addition of vitamins and minerals and other substances to food
• Food supplements
• Food for specific groups
• Organic, novel and GM foods

Weights and Measures

• Quality control, the ‘average system’ and quantity marking


• Business Responsibilities and Procedure
• Withdrawal and recall
• Enforcement and prosecutions

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course delegates will:
• Be aware how legislation is developed, applied and enforced
• Gain an understanding of the practical implications of food law for their business
• Be able to access current legislative information

This course can be customised and is available in house - please contact for more information.

Event Director - Helen French

Related training

Essential additives & flavourings, live online tutor-led training course

Food & drink labelling - an overview, live online tutor-led training course (Two mornings)

Product claims and nutrition information labelling, live online tutor-led training course

Next Steps

Food and drink labelling

Related resources

  • Food law alert: Prompt, succinct news of developments in UK/EU food law. Available to subscribers fortnightly

Further information

Our training team will be happy to help with any enquiry on +44(0)1386 842104 or at

Useful training links


Contact an expert