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 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.
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.
An important aspect of the work of our Food Safety Officer's, is the investigation of complaints regarding food items and food premises.
We are responsible for inspecting all food establishments within our District to ensure that all food businesses maintain satisfactory standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
We regularly take samples of food for analysis to monitor the safety of foods being sold in the District.
Certain infectious diseases are notifiable to the Health Authority and these are investigated by the consultant in communicable disease control (CCDC) or our Officers.
We carry out regular checks on all food premises to ensure you are protected and that high standards are maintained.
Since December 2014 it has been a requirement for 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.
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
If you already operate or are looking into setting up a food business then see below for useful links