Policy paper

Small food manufacturing: Focus on Enforcement review

Findings from the review of regulatory enforcement in the small food manufacturing industry. A Focus on Enforcement regulatory review.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The Focus on Enforcement project asks the public to help identify where regulation can be improved, reduced or done differently.

This paper examines the effect of regulation imposed on a representative mix of businesses in the small food manufacturing sector:

  • small breweries
  • cider makers
  • carbonated mineral water producers
  • bakers
  • meat products manufacturers
  • pork butcher
  • cheese makers and confectioners

The report identifies a number of areas where unnecessary burdens have been imposed on business, and provides examples of good practice. In particular it looks at:

  • food hygiene (enforced by District Councils and Unitary Authorities)
  • composition and labelling (enforced by County Councils or Unitary Authorities)
Published 21 January 2013