Before you start a new catering or other food business, or before starting to use new establishments, you must register all of your establishments with Dudley Council's environmental health service. You must do this at least 28 days before you start trading.
You may also need to have your establishments approved if you supply another business with:
We will also be able to advise you about how the law applies to your business in practice. Your establishments will be inspected by enforcement officers from your local authority to make sure you are complying with the law. You will not usually be given notice of an inspection
When they think it is necessary, inspectors can take enforcement action to protect the public, including:
Food hygiene regulations set out the basic hygiene requirements for all aspects of your business and require you to make sure that:
You should be aware that food businesses - except farmers - are required to put in place food safety management procedures based on the principles of HACCP (hazard analysis critical control point). In practice, this means that you must have documented procedures in place to manage food safety hazards in your business.
A public register of prosecutions is maintained detailing details of prosecutions and formal cautions issued in the last three years.
You can get further information on all matters relating to food safety from the Food Standards Agency website
You can also contact us for specific advice at the address below.