Food Safety enforcement policy


It is the Council's policy to ensure that all food and drink intended for sale for human consumption which is produced, stored, distributed or consumed within the Borough is without risk to the health or safety of the consumer.

The purpose of this policy is to secure efficient compliance with food safety legislation and reduce the potential harm to health while minimising the burden on businesses.

The Council has signed up to the Enforcement Concordat, will work with food businesses to give advice and information and will liaise with relevant external organisations as necessary when implementing this policy.

The policy describes the circumstances when various enforcement actions will be taken.

The Council has a publicised complaints procedure, further details of which are available on this website.

This policy is based on the following five guiding principles:-

Consistency: to ensure that similar issues are dealt with in the same way

Proportionality: to ensure that the action taken relates directly to the actual or potential risk to health

Targeting: to ensure that resources are targeted where activities give rise to the most serious health risks

Transparency: to ensure that people easily understand the action expected of them and that clear distinctions are made between legal requirements and guidance

Accountability: inspectors are accountable to citizens, Parliament and the Council for their actions and the Council has an effective mechanism for dealing with complaints and comments.

A full copy of the Food Safety Enforcement Policy can be downloaded below.

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