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When setting up your food business, there are a number of food hygiene and safety legislation requirements you must meet from the beginning.
For wider information see the Food Standards Agencies ‘Starting-Up’ booklet from the documents section.
You must register your food business with us at least 28 days before opening.
Registration is free, quick and easy.
It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have a food safety management system that is based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Principles (HACCP).
For more information see Food Safety Management (Safer Food Better Business).
It is your responsibility to ensure that consumers are provided with accurate information regarding allergens.
Identification of food that contains allergens is very important to those with food allergies as there can be potentially serious consequences from eating food that they are allergic to.
For advice on the points to consider as part of your allergen management procedures please see the 'food allergen risk assessment' in the documents section.
This can also assist you when assessing whether the controls you currently have in place are effective and if any improvements can be made when dealing with customers who have food allergies or intolerances.
For further information see the Food Standards Agency - allergy and intolerance.
You must ensure that food is prepared and handled in accordance with Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.
Guidance notes for businesses on safety and hygiene legislation can be found by visiting Food Standards Agency - hygiene and food safety guidance.
Your food business must meet certain health and safety requirements.
For a step by step guide of your legal health and safety responsibilities see Food catering and preparation.
Staff handling food must be supervised and trained in food hygiene to a level that is appropriate for the work that they do.
Although it is not a legal requirement to attend a formal course, many food businesses find that this is the best way to ensure that their staff gain the knowledge required, in addition to on the job training.
For training courses visit Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) – course finder.
You must make sure your food business meets specific labelling requirements.
For more information visit the Food Standards Agency - labelling guidance.
Our Environmental Health Officers have a duty to carry out inspections of food businesses.
For more information see food hygiene inspections.
Every commercial business must arrange waste collections for the removal of waste.
For more information see business waste and recycling.
If you supply alcohol, provide entertainment to the public or hot refreshments after 11pm, you may require a licence.
For more information see alcohol and entertainment licences.
Before you acquire a premises for use as a food business, you may require planning permission or building control consent due to a ‘change of use’ of the premises.
For more information see planning and building control.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.