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Inspection of food premises

There are over 1,400 food premises in the borough. Approximately 45% of these are restaurants, takeaways and other catering establishments; the rest are food shops, supermarkets, storage premises and food manufacturers.

We inspect all food premises in accordance with national guidelines under current food legislation and in accordance with a food hygiene service plan.

Each premises is assessed for the level of compliance with the law and is scored; it is this score that determines the next date of inspection. Inspection frequency ranges from six months to three years.

What can you expect if we inspect your food business?

  • Inspectors can inspect you at any reasonable time. This can include times when you are preparing food and not open to the public and when you are open to the public. This may be during normal working hours, evenings or weekends.
  • They don’t have to make an appointment and we will not give advance notice for a routine inspection.
  • They might take samples, photographs and examine documents.
  • They will provide advice on good practice and recommendations.
  • Officers will always clearly distinguish between legal requirements and recommendations.
  • They will leave a record of inspection on site to confirm the findings of the inspection.

For more detailed information on food enforcement, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

The Food Standards Agency has developed a toolkit for caterers, retailers and childminders who require a documented food safety management system (Safer Food, Better Business). It is a simple, common-sense approach and assists food businesses to comply with the law.

Copies of the toolkit (Safer Food, Better Business) are free to businesses and can be downloaded directly from the Food Standards Agency website. 

New diary sheets can be downloaded directly from the Food Standards Agency website.

Contact us by emailing Environmental Health or phoning 01744 676299.

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