Food Safety Officers carry out regular
inspections of all food premises trading within the district to
ensure that the public is protected; that high standards of food
hygiene are maintained and ultimately that food is safe to eat.
All businesses that manufacture, pack, store, supply or sell
food (including drink) will be subject to an inspection.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has produced a useful guide, which
you can download using the link below:
Food law inspections and your business
More about inspections
If you want to know more about what happens when we visit, click
on the link below.
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If a business makes, prepares or handles food of animal origin
(e.g. meat, fish or dairy) for supply to other businesses, then the
food business and its activities in most circumstances will require
what is known as approval.
Link: More information
on approved premises
What is a food sample?
To check that food and drink intended for human consumption is
safe, food samples are purchased anonymously or taken with the
owners consent by an authorised officer. These samples will be
analysed by the Microbiology Department of Heartlands Hospital in
Birmingham or the Public Analyst in Stafford to see whether they
comply with the Guidelines
for Assessing the Microbiological Safety of Ready-to-Eat Foods
Placed on the Market.
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More information on Food legislation
The purpose of food hygiene and food safety legislation is to
protect the consumer from food safety risks and to make sure food
is stored, prepared, handled, distributed and sold in a hygienic
and safe manner.
Click here for a brief overview of
the main food laws:
Food & Safety Team
Telephone: 01902 696220