Starting and running a food business



All food businesses must comply with food safety legislation to make sure their food is safe to eat and is neither harmful to health nor unfit for human consumption. Food must be of the nature, substance and quality that customers would expect. Serving food which is both safe and of sufficient quality will also help to protect the reputation of your business.

All food businesses in Northern Ireland must be registered with their local council. Registered business are inspected to ensure they are meeting food safety requirements.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for protecting public health and consumers' interests in relation to food. It also helps food businesses by providing advice and guidance.

This guide explains how to start a food business in Northern Ireland. It tells you how to register your food business and comply with food safety regulations. It also outlines your legal obligations in relation to food allergies, intolerances and labelling. Finally, it describes why and how to make healthy menu choices for food businesses.

  • Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland
    028 9041 7700
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  • Food Standards Agency