Starting a Food Business

If you are setting up a new food or catering business, the Food Standards Agency has provided guidance on the basic requirements. They also provide resources to help food businesses produce safe food.

We have produced a checklist below for things you need to consider:

  • Have you registered as a food business?
  • Have you and your staff had appropriate food hygiene training?
  • Do the design, layout and construction of your premises meet the legal requirements?
  • Are you aware of the main general food law requirements?
  • Have you put in place the necessary procedures to ensure you are preparing food safely?
  • Do you have a separate handwash basin?
  • Do you have a refuse collection service?
  • Do you need to apply for a licence to sell alcohol, for entertainment, for selling drink late at night or selling food on the street?
  • Have you considered health and safety and fire regulations?

If you are starting a new food business you can request an advice visit from a member of the Food & Safety team. This visit is free of charge and will cover the basic requirements you need to consider in order to comply with the law. You will not be given your Food Hygiene Rating during this visit.

If you wish to book an advice visit, please use contact the Food & Safety team:

Last updated on 17/08/2018

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