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Food business regulations


We've been made aware of people calling food businesses and trying to book food hygiene inspections at a cost of £30.00.

We DO NOT charge and WILL NOT pre book food hygiene inspections.

If you receive such a call please report it to Action Fraud.

Advice for food businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic

Following new Government restrictions placed on public houses, restaurants, cafes etc during the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be considering diversifying your food business to provide food from your normal menu or new dishes for delivery or takeaway. This guidance from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health will help ensure you trade safely.

To reduce social contact, the government has ordered some businesses and venues to close. Find out more on the governments website about which businesses need to remain closed.

The Food Standards Agency has produced a checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction.


Starting and registering a food business

What to do if you're starting a food and/or drink business

Apply for approved food premises

Some types of food businesses need to be approved by us as well as being registered. These can include premises where meat is processed or prepared, manufacturers of meat, dairy, egg or fish products, some wholesalers, and cold stores

Food hygiene ratings

Find out the hygiene rating of a food business and how it's worked out

EU Exit and Food Businesses

EU Exit and what it means for food businesses in the UK.

Exporting Food Products

Business support information including Export

Managing Legionella during the Coronavirus pandemic

The temporary closure of businesses and business premises means there is a risk of Legionella - the bacteria that can cause a type of pneumonia called Legionnaire's Disease