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Basic food business advice

Advice for new and existing food businesses.

New food businesses

Advice if you are starting up a new food business or taking over an existing one.

Advice on food allergens and intolerance

Food allergies can be harmful and even potentially fatal in extreme cases. It is vital that you take steps to provide information to customers who need to avoid certain foods (external link).

Food safety management

As well as having to make sure the food you produce is safe to eat, under regulations your food business must also show what you do to make food safely. You should keep written records of this.

Food safety training

Food handlers must receive supervision and be instructed and/or trained in food hygiene to allow them to handle food safely.

Food hygiene regulations and inspections

Regulations have to be adhered to and inspections of these legal requirements may be carried out by environmental health or trading standards officers.

Food sampling

Food sampling is carried out to make sure that food is safe to eat.

Food law and takeaways

Food law says that labelling, advertising and presentation of food, and the information made available about it, should not mislead consumers.

Harvesting of shellfish

Cockles and mussels are bivalve molluscs also known as shellfish, which feed by filtering their food from the water that they live in.