Food business safety

If you are running a food business you are legally required to have an approved written food safety management system in place to ensure food is safe for customers to eat.

You should think about what might go wrong with the food that you sell and what you must do to ensure it is safe for your customers. You should put in place a system based on food safety practices that you are familiar with, in line with general Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). The level of documentation required will depend on the nature and size of your business.

Food Standards Agency

You can get more information, safety tips and hygiene advice on the Food Standards Agency website:

Safer Food, Better Business

Safer food, better business is a national food safety management system aimed at helping smaller food businesses to put in place food safety management procedures and comply with food hygiene regulations.

E.coli 0157: control of cross-contamination

Guidance for food businesses to clarify the steps that they need to take to control the risk of food becoming contaminated by E.coli O157 and what businesses should be doing to protect their customers:

Allergen information

Guidance for food businesses on how to comply with Food Information Regulations in relations to allergens including online training, guidance and leaflets, can be found here:

Starting a food business

Useful information about starting up a food business can be found here.


All disinfectants listed here meet the requirements of British Standards BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697:

Food hygiene rating

The 'scores on the doors' provides consumers with at-a-glance information about hygiene standards in food businesses found during planned inspections. You can find your rating, request a re-inspection or find out more information here:


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