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Food Safety

We are responsible for protecting all people in the Borough from food related ill health. To do this we:

  • inspect food businesses to make sure their sale, preparation, manufacture and storage of food upholds our hygiene conditions
  • make sure that foods are appropriately labelled
  • offer advice to food businesses and members of the public
  • investigate complaints regarding food poisoning, labelling and hygiene.

To find out more about businesses food hygiene rating and on what we do, please read our Service Plan and Enforcement Policy found in our related downloaded.

Registration

By law if you are planning to operate a food business you must register with us at least 28 days before you start operating. Businesses that need to register include:

  • restaurants and takeaways
  • retailers selling foods
  • hotels
  • residential care homes and nursing homes
  • public houses
  • mobile units (at the address they are kept at).

Registering your business is a straightforward process and registration cannot be refused.

If you have premises in another Council’s area then you must register with them separately. If you have premises in England you can find the local authority via GOV.uk.

Approvals

If you produce foods that contain meat, fish, dairy or eggs and you also supply the foods to other premises such as:

  • food manufacturers
  • home caterers
  • central production kitchens
  • stand alone cold stores
  • companies that pack or wrap products, you must apply to us for approval.

This is not a full list and there are some exemptions.

If you think your business may be subject to approval you should contact us for advice.

If your premises needs approval, you cannot operate until we have granted your approval.

How to Register and Apply for Approval

Make sure that you tick all the boxes that apply to your business and answer all the questions.

Guidance on Running a Food Business

For guidance on running a food business please see the Food and Drink Federation's website and our related downloads.

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Page last updated: 18/02/2016