A Guide to Food Hygiene Inspections

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  • Published: February 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

Most food business establishments that produce, prepare, package, store, handle, deliver or serve food are subject to local authority food hygiene inspections, which are checks to ensure the business is complying with food safety legislation, and that the food it produces or handles is safe to eat. The establishment may be issued with a food hygiene rating to demonstrate the level of its food hygiene standards.

Food safety legislation is devolved to the individual governments of each country in the UK and different legislation applies, although the requirements are broadly similar. In England, the requirement for food safety hygiene inspections is under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the General Food Regulations 2004 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 apply, with relevant national amendments.

This factsheet explains what a food hygiene inspection is, what type of establishments are required to have them, who carries them out and what happens during and after an inspection.

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