Food hygiene and safety

What we do

We are responsible for the safety of food, which is imported, produced, sold and consumed within the Hambleton district.

We advise and educate food businesses and take enforcement action where appropriate.

These are some of the things we do:

  • risk assessments of all registered food premises to give them a hazard rating – this determines how often we inspect them;
  • programmed food hygiene inspections;
  • enforcement when hygiene and standards are not met/maintained;
  • inspect and monitor approved premises;
  • food sampling to ensure the wholesomeness of food;
  • investigate food complaints;

We need to achieve the above in a way which is responsive to the needs of residents, businesses and visitors to the District (who may be affected by poor food safety) and to provide an effective and efficient enforcement programme to ensure food safety is improved and standards are maintained whilst not imposing undue burdens on businesses.

Further information

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

The Food service plan 2019-20 explains what our service does.

The Food Enforcement Policy explains how we take enforcement action

Prepare your business or organisation for EU Exit

The UK is leaving the EU. Leaving the EU means your business or organisation may need to prepare for change.

Delivering a deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. With an implementation period until December 2020, this would give businesses and organisations stability, certainty and time to prepare for our new relationship after EU Exit.

However, the government must plan for every possible outcome, including no deal. Without a deal, businesses and organisations may need to take action before 31 October 2019.

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Further assistance

If you need assistance in complying with the rules and regulations that affect your business, please email ehts@hambleton.gov.uk and we will be in touch within 3 working days.