GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS ON REGULATIONS
A guide to the General Temperature Control Regulations
1995 food safety
The Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995
Good temperature control of foods is fundamental to the safe operation of many food businesses.
The Temperature Control Regulations cover the whole of Great Britain but this booklet only
deals with the provisions for England and Wales. Separate but similar legislation has also been copied into law
in Northern Ireland. These English and Welsh provisions replace the previous two-tier chill temperature control
system with a single control temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. They also replace the prescribed list of foods requiring
temperature control in previous Regulations with a more general requirement covering any food likely to support
the growth of harmful bacteria. These Regulations also allow some flexibility, consistent with food safety, to
take into account practical handling issues.
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