General Food Regulations 2004

The General Food Regulations 2004 established the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and laid out the general principles and procedures of food safety. The act also applies certain provisions of the Food Safety Act 1990 and make provision for offences and penalties.


The regulations prohibit the placement and sale of unsafe food on the market, as well as prohibiting any labelling or advertisement that misleads consumers. It imposed the ability to trace food business operators who did not comply with these standards.