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Due Diligence Programmes

due diligence programmes, testing, analytical services

Due Diligence programmes are critical in protecting your brand and company reputation, providing the evidence that you are taking all reasonable precautions to comply with food safety legislation. As such The Food Safety Act 1990 does not require that there shall be perfection in food sales to the public. It does however, make it unlawful to sell defective food in circumstances where the trader cannot, or does not prove that he has taken "all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence".

There Must Be Proof Of "Due Diligence"
- The Burden Of Proof Lies With The Defendant


The main food laws which apply in the UK are:

  • The Food Safety Act 1990 provides the framework for all food legislation in Great Britain and similar legislation applies in Northern Ireland
  • The General Food Law Regulation (EC) 178/2002 is EC legislation on general food safety
  • The General Food Regulations 2004 provides for the enforcement of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) 178/2002 (including imposing penalties) and amends the Food Safety Act 1990 to bring it in line with Regulation (EC) 178/2002. Similar legislation applies in Northern Ireland

Support your Due Diligence programme

Due diligence programme planning is a large and time consuming task, as you need to be informed on the general requirements of food law which covers the main EC and UK legislation on food imports and exports, safety, traceability, labelling and product withdrawals and recalls. The business also needs to understand the concept of due diligence defence: No person or company should be guilty of a criminal offence for an act or omission which could not be reasonably avoided. In modern food manufacture and retailing it is quite impossible, no matter how well managed a company may be, to ensure that there will never be a defective product sold to the public.

A solution to this, which maintains effective use of your resources, is to have a partner, a company that can help with supporting you in your Due Diligence programme.

This is where we can help:

  • Due diligence assessment
  • Due diligence programme planning
  • Sample and laboratory management
  • Data interpretation and resulting actions with ISO 9001, ISO14001, GLP compliance, ISO/IEC 17025 & ISO/IEC 10743 certification for all UK activities. All our certification can be found here
  • Rapid response to emerging contaminants
  • State-of-the-art equipment and laboratories
  • Insights into sampling, interpretation, legislation and compliance
  • Reliable testing
  • Extensive international links and alliances

With extensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of food chemistry, we are ideally placed to help you to detect the contaminants, such as pesticides and packaging migrants to veterinary residues and heavy metals.

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If you have questions about due diligence planning and development, legislation, or the regulatory environment; sometimes it requires another experienced person or team to help pull things together and move them ahead. Fera's consultancy service is made up of senior scientists who have broad and deep experience in the food industry that we can bring to bear on your research project which goes beyond analysis and scientific expertise.

Contact Us

To speak with us about this service, or for any other services, please contact the team on +44 (0)300 100 0323 or e-mail us