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. You must also ensure that labelling and presentation is not misleading to consumers. These food laws apply to:

  • caterers
  • primary producers - such as farmers
  • manufacturers
  • distributors
  • retailers

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

In Northern ireland, local council environmental health officers are responsible for checking the compliance of your business with food standards laws. This includes food descriptions and labelling.

This guide outlines your responsibilities for food safety. It details the food inspector’s rights and powers. This guide lists possible outcomes of a food inspection and the actions you can take.