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Food Labelling 

New labelling rules including rules on Allergens came into force on 13 December 2014. These regulations bring together EU rules on general labelling and nutrition into one piece of legislation. To find out more go to our Food Labelling page.

General Information

Food Businesses must provide food that is safe, unadulterated and clearly labelled. Part of the work of the  Environmental Health Service is ensuring the safety of food, at all stages of production, storage, distribution and sale until it reaches the consumer.

Environmental Health staff inspect food business premises to ensure compliance with food legislation, and  to advise businesses on the hygiene, labelling and composition of food.  Where contraventions of food legislation are found, officers will implement the Councils food safety enforcement responsibilities in a consistent planned and accountable manner. Environmental Health staff carry out: Inspections for Food Hygiene and Food Standards.

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Food Hygiene Information Scheme

At a glance information about the standards of food hygiene in food businesses.  For more information go to the  Food Hygiene Information Scheme page.

Failing to Meet Standards

Where a business fails to meet the required food hygiene standards, an authorised officer has a range of powers to deal with non-compliance. Normally a graduated approach is taken  which may range from issuing written warnings , up to the service of  enforcement notices compelling improvement by a certain time, some of which can have the effect of prohibiting all or some aspects of the food business. In addition to this, an authorised officer can report breaches of the legislation to the Procurator Fiscal with a view to prosecution via the court system.  Following successful prosecution, an order may be made prohibiting guilty persons from operating a food business again.

Training Courses

Find out which organisations currently run Elementary & Intermediate Food Hygiene Courses locally. The Food Standards Agency website also gives information on training courses.


CookSafe is a guidance manual for a food safety management system based on the HACCP principals. It has been produced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is available to the catering sector through the Environmental Health Section where further assistance and support can be provided.

Record Books can be purchased from our online shop

The quality of the service is audited by the FSA on an annual basis.

Food Safety Initiatives

The Section participates in food safety initiatives such as 'Food Safety Week - Food Standards Agency"

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Contact Us

Environmental Health
The Moray Council
Council Office
High Street, Elgin
IV30 1BX

0300 1234561

01343 563483


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