We are committed to ensuring that food and drink intended for human consumption is without risk to the health and safety of the consumer.
This work is carried out by the Food and Health and Safety Team in Environmental Health inspecting food businesses at regular intervals. Visits are carried out, as far as possible, without prior notification and are priority programmed according to the degree of potential risk. This ensures that higher risk premises are visited more frequently than those in lower risk categories.
During an inspection, Officers will want to reassure themselves that potential food safety risks have been identified by the business,and that there are adequate controls in place to prevent any problems. They will also look at the training of managers and food handlers to ensure that it is suitable, and they will check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory.
Where practices or conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means, but where poor conditions persist, or where there is a risk to public health it may be necessary to resort to formal action. This could involve either the service of legal notice, prosecution, or in extreme cases closure of the business.
Where enforcement action is necessary, Officers take appropriate action guided by our Enforcement Policy.
If you have any concerns or queries please contact Environmental Health on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01572 722 577.
More information on food safety can be found on the Food Standards Agency Website.