Food Safety Guidance

The advice and guidance on this page is relevant to both new businesses and existing businesses.

The Food Standards Agency produces a wide range of publications for food businesses. Many of these are available free of charge from the Food Standards Agency. Two of the FSA booklets that will be of interest are featured below:

Trading Standards - offers advice for businesses. Our Economic Growth team can provide support for businesses.

Food Standards Agency guidelines on E. Coli O157. There is also a section about sprouted seeds.

The Food Standards Agency provides 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. Disinfectants and sanitisers must meet officially recognised standards and should be used as instructed by the manufacturer. See a list of disinfectants that meet the requirements of British Standards BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697 to disinfect food contact surfaces and equipment.

The Health Protection Team have also produced some guidance documents which you may find useful, which are listed below:

If you are starting up a new food business, getting it right at the planning stage will prevent problems later on. For more advice see the starting up a new food business page.

Never has it been more important for food business operators to do things right. For those that don't they face:

We are here to help you. If you have any plans of the design and layout for a proposed kitchen why not email them to us. We will be glad to give you feed back. For example - have you included sufficient basins which are to be used only for hand washing?

Please contact the Health Protection team on 01327 322281 or email if you need further information on any of these topics.

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