Running a food business - what you need to know

Running your food business safely

The following links provide you with up to date information relevant to several topical food safety issues and guidance on how best to comply with food law.  You may also wish to look at our starting a food business page.  Following the guidance will give you confidence that you are producing safe food. It will also give you the best opportunity of attaining the highest food hygiene rating at the time of your next inspection. 

Please click on the heading below for further information on each subject.

Food safety management

As a food business owner, you need to consider the food safety hazards associated with your business and make sure that there are controls in place to be sure you can produce safe food. hazard analysis (HACCP) is a way of managing food safety hazards. Food safety management procedures should be based on HACCP principles.

Most typical food businesses will be able to implement the Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) pack and supplements where provided, with the following exceptions:

  1. If you are carrying out high risk food processes not covered in the SFBB pack then a HACCP may be required, and you are advised to call us for clarification.
  2.  Lower risk food activities such as Cake making, child minders, etc. If this is the case, there are specific and less detailed options available and you should contact us so as we can advise you on the most appropriate system to put in place. 
  3. We also have a management system for voluntary lunch clubs, please contact us if you would like one.

You can alternatively develop your own procedures based on the principles of HACCP, or use a food industry guide recognised by the Food Standards Agency.

Food legislation

We regulate a wide variety of food legislation, the main parts of which are linked below.

For further information and advice please email us

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