The Food Advice Team, and other agencies, including the Food Standards Agency (see Useful Links for a link to their website), have an enforcement role in ensuring the food we eat is safe.

We inspect every food business within Fife on their hygiene standards and safe production of food.

We deal with:

  • inspections of food premises
  • registrations of new food businesses
  • food advice for the general public
  • food export certificates
  • food poisoning incidents
  • food borne diseases
  • food complaints
  • food hazard warnings


E.coli O157: control of cross-contamination

The Food Standards Agency has issued guidance for food businesses to clarify the steps that they need to take to control the risk of food becoming contaminated by E.coli O157 and what businesses should be doing to protect their customers.


This guidance has been developed in response to the serious outbreaks of E.coli O157 in Scotland in 1996 and Wales in 2005, which were attributed to cross-contamination arising from poor handling of food.

Although E.coli is the key focus of this guidance, the measures outlined will also help in the control of other bacteria, such as campylobacter and salmonella.


The full guidance, developed following a public consultation and Professor Hugh Pennington’s report into the 2005 E.coli outbreak and a factsheet for businesses, summarising the guidance, can be found by clicking on the Useful Link attached. 


Food Advice
Tel: 01592 583228 Contact Food Advice online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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