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Food inspections

 

food inspections - chopping foodFood 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:

 

External link: 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.

 

Link: More about inspections

 

Approved premises

 

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

 

 

 

Food Sampling

 

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.

 

Link: Why are food samples taken?

 

 

 

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:

 

 

 

Contact

 

Food & Safety Team

Telephone: 01902 696220

Email: env.commercial@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

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