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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 our 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 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.