Food Safety

Picture of preparing vegetables.You take it for granted when you eat out, buy food in the shops or restaurants that the food you enjoy will not do you any harm. Have you ever given a thought as to why you can be so confident?

The task of ensuring restaurants, cafes, caterers and takeaways serve only food prepared under the best possible hygienic conditions falls to us; we are responsible for enforcement of the Food Safety Act 1990 and associated legislation.

A big part of our job is educating and encouraging businesses to follow best practice. As well as food hygiene training we run initiatives such as Safer Food Better Business, which is aimed at instilling high standards.

Food Business Registration

We are responsible for registering and inspecting all food premises, and assessing them for hygiene and food safety standards.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

We also run the national Food Hygiene Rating scheme, which allows consumers to find out about the food hygiene standards of local food businesses.

Annual Food Plan 2018-19 [pdf] 264KB

Our Annual Food Plan details our aims and objectives, and summarises our achievements from the past year.

Further information

What's the difference between 'best before' and 'use by' dates?

Watch this handy video explaining food dates.

Contact us

Email the Food Safety Team.