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Food Safety

We are committed to ensuring that food and drink intended for human consumption, which is produced, stored, distributed, handled or consumed within the district is without risk to the health or safety of the consumer.

There are around 2,000 registered food businesses in the district and we inspect them all at regular intervals.

We also deal with food complaints. Last year we investigated nearly 200 complaints about food and food premises, both local and nationally.

Where enforcement action is necessary, we take appropriate action dependent on the seriousness of the breach of the law, guided by our enforcement policy.

The Food Standards Agency is another very important source of information about food safety issues.

If there is an issue you'd like to report, please let us know by completing the online form.

  • Safer Food Service

    Get your business off to the best possible start. Our Safer Food Service helps business owners running catering premises to understand the regulatory requirements needed to achieve the best possible National Food Hygiene Rating score.

  • Registering a food business

    If you are setting up a new business or are a new proprietor of an existing business, you must complete and return a registration form at least 28 days before the business is due to open.

  • Inspections

    We carry out regular checks on all food premises to ensure you are protected and that high standards are maintained.

  • Food Sampling

    We regularly take samples of food for analysis to monitor the safety of foods being sold in the District.

  • Safer Food Better Business and Other Useful Information

    If you already operate or are looking into setting up a food business then see below for useful links

  • Allergy and intolerance: guidance for businesses

    On 13 December 2014, new legislation (the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011) came into force which requires food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged, in for example catering outlets, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars. Guidance has been developed to help businesses meet these new requirements and this page will continue to be updated as more support tools are made available.<br />

  • Private Water Supplies

    As a rural area, many properties in East Lindsey cannot easily connect to the mains supply and a private supply is their only option for water. Private water supplies can range from boreholes and wells to springs and adits. In other cases, the availability of groundwater is a cost effective way to obtain water.

  • Making a Food Complaint

    An important aspect of the work of our Food Safety Officer's, is the investigation of complaints regarding food items and food premises.

  • Food Hygiene Ratings

    We are responsible for inspecting all food establishments within our District to ensure that all food businesses maintain satisfactory standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

  • Infectious Disease and Food Poisoning

    Certain infectious diseases are notifiable to the Health Authority and these are investigated by the consultant in communicable disease control (CCDC) or by officers of East Lindsey District Council.

  • Food Hygiene Training

    Food business operators are required by law, to ensure that food handlers receive appropriate supervision and instruction/training in food hygiene in line with their work activity and should enable them to handle food safely.

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