Starting and Running a Food Business
- Before starting you must Choose the right premises
- Register your food business at least 28 days before opening. Certain types of food premises, generally manufacturers using products of animal origin, are subject to specific regulations and need to be approved instead of registered.
- Make sure that members of staff that handle food are properly trained in food hygiene and safety, including allergens, before they start work.
- Manage food safety
- Introduce ways of working that will ensure good food hygiene, including preventing cross contamination
- Have a written food safety management system in place based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles. You can develop your own procedures, or use the tools produced by the Food Standards Agency
- Follow the allergen information rules.
- Ensure food is correctly labelled (dealt with by Kent Trading Standards)
The Council is responsible for enforcing food hygiene laws. Authorised Officers have the right to enter and inspect your premises at any reasonable time, usually without making an appointment.
Following a food safety inspection the majority of businesses will be issued with a Food Hygiene Rating, which is published on the Food Standards Agency website. A toolkit is available to help businesses promote their rating.
To help prepare for your food safety inspection use the food safety checklist.
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Industry guides to good food hygiene
Guidance for mobile traders (CIEH)
Distance selling, mail order and food delivery
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