Guide

Starting and running a food business

Introduction

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 or 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 your legal obligations in relation to food hygiene law, record keeping and allergens in food. It also provides some healthier menu ideas.