Food sampling resources

The Food Standards Agency supports local authority food sampling programmes that are regularly carried out to ensure the safety of our food supply.

Food sampling forms an integral part of local authority food law enforcement and it can provide useful information to help effective enforcement of food law and contribute to improved food safety and standards.

The Agency provides local authorities with practical guidance on food standards and feedingstuffs sampling to help ensure enforcement arrangements are consistent and proportionate.

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Mycotoxins in foodstuffs sampling guidance

The guidance provides an overview of EU/UK food safety legislation and describes the official sampling methods for commodities/foodstuffs for which there are EU maximum limits for mycotoxins.

National co-ordinated food sampling programme

The Food Standards Agency has been working with UK local authorities since 2003 to support Enforcement Authority risk-based sampling and surveillance of food sold in the UK, whether it is imported or produced in the EU or UK.


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has again made funding available to enforcement authorities for sampling and surveillance of food.

Food sampling videos

The food sampling videos cover the principles of food sampling for official food analysis and can be used alongside our guidance material on sampling.