Guide

What to expect from a food safety inspection

Introduction

If you operate a food business in the UK, you are legally responsible for making sure that food is safe to eat and that labelling and presentation is not misleading to consumers. These food laws apply to caterers, primary producers - such as farmers - manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

Your local council's environmental health team is responsible for checking the compliance of your business with food hygiene laws and for awarding food hygiene ratings.

Local council environmental health officers are responsible for checking the compliance of your business with food standards laws eg food descriptions and labelling.

This guide covers what food safety inspectors look for in an inspection visit, how often they visit and the kinds of action they can take. It also discusses how you should respond and how to make an appeal against an inspector's decision.