What to expect from a food safety inspection

Introduction

Guide

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. They will also determine your food hygiene rating.

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, including provision of information to consumers regarding allergens.

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

  • Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland
    028 9041 7700