Food and Environmental Hygiene Department

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) is a department of the Hong Kong Government, reporting to the Food and Health 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.

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Agency overview
Formed1 January 2000; 21 years ago (2000-01-01)
Preceding agencies
Headquarters44/F Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong
Employees11,153 (March 2014)[1]
Annual budgetHK$5,667,200,000 (2014-15 estimate)[1]
Agency executive
  • Position vacant, Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene
Parent agencyFood and Health Bureau
Child agency
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
Traditional Chinese食物環境衞生署
Simplified Chinese食物环境衞生署
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Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese食環署
Simplified Chinese食环署
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The department was established 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, crematoriums, and columbariums.

Health Education Exhibition and Resources Centre

FEHD now manages the Health Education Exhibition and Resource Centre in Kowloon Park.


  • Rita Lau (2000–2002)[2]
  • Gregory Leung Wing-lup (2002–2006)
  • Eddy Chan Yuk-tak (2006–2007)[3]
  • Warner Cheuk Wing-hing (2007–2010)
  • Clement Leung (2010–2014)
  • Vivian Lau Lee-kwan (2014–2021)

See also


  1. "Estimates for the year ending 31 March 2015" (PDF). 2014-15 Budget. Hong Kong Government. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  2. "Appointment of new Chairman of Public Service Commission". Hong Kong Government. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. "Senior Appointments". Hong Kong Government. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2014.