The first UK-wide standard for local food law enforcement to ensure high standards of food safety and consumer protection is published today by the Food Standards Agency.From 1 April 2001 the 499 UK local authorities, responsible for ensuring the safety of more than 600,000 food establishments, will have to work to a common standard to bring local enforcement of food hygiene, food standards and feedingstuffs legislation up to the level of the best performing local enforcers.The new national standard will mean increased public accountability, consumers will be able to find out how well their local council is doing through: