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 our Commercial Team within
Public Protection, which is responsible for enforcement of the
Food Safety Act 1990 and associated legislation.
The team is responsible for registering and
inspecting all food preparation premises and assessing them for
hygiene and food safety standards. A big part of our job is
educating and encouraging businesses to follow best practice.
As well as providing advice we run initiatives such as
food better business which is aimed at instilling high
standards. The team also runs the Food
Hygiene Rating Scheme which allows consumers to find out
about the food hygiene standards of local food businesses.
publications relating to topics on safety and hygiene.