Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
|Preceding agencies||Urban Council
|Headquarters||44/F Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong|
|Employees||11,153 (March 2014)|
|Annual budget||5,667.2 million HKD (2014-15 estimate)|
|Agency executive||Miss Vivian LAU JP, Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene|
|Parent agency||Food and Health Bureau|
|Child agency||Centre for Food Safety|
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (Chinese: 食物環境衞生署), or FEHD (食環署) for short, is a department of Hong Kong Government, reporting to the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau. It is responsible for food hygiene and environmental hygiene. It replaced part of the role of the Urban Council and the Urban Services Department, and the Regional Council and the Regional Services Department.
The department was founded in 2000 along with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. These two departments were intended to absorb most of the functions of the former Urban Council and Regional Council, which were dissolved at that time.
The Chief Executive announced in October 2005 in his policy address the plan to restructure the department into a new Food Safety, Inspection and Quarantine Department, with the responsibility of environmental hygiene transferred to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
Duties and operations
The department's responsibilities include food inspection, food standards, food safety licence issuing, refuse collection, street washing, hawker control, operation of Lunar New Year fairs, and municipal building cleansing. Facilities operated by the department include markets, cooked food centres, public toilets, slaughterhouses, refuse collection points, cemeteries, crematoria, and columbaria.
Health Education Exhibition and Resources Centre
- "Estimates for the year ending 31 March 2015". 2014-15 Budget. Hong Kong Government. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- "Appointment of new Chairman of Public Service Commission". Hong Kong Government. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- "Senior Appointments". Hong Kong Government. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2014.