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Starting a Food Business – Food Hygiene and Safety

Once you have dealt with all the issues relating to the premises or vehicle you want to use, it’s time to think about the food side of the business.

The laws dealing with food businesses are there to protect consumers from food that is unfit, unsafe and not properly described. There are hygiene standards for the premises, the people handling and preparing food and the processes involved.

Registering A Food Business

Nearly all food businesses must complete a simple registration form to let us know who you are, where you are trading and what food you are providing.

Food Hygiene and Safety Training

Anyone who handles food should have appropriate training. The level of training required depends on the nature and size of your business.

Approved Food Businesses

If your business is involved in the production of meat or dairy products, then you may need to apply to become an Approved Food Business.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme – New Businesses

Find out how to get a top rating on your very first inspection.

Labelling and Composition

The labelling and composition of food is dealt with by Trading Standards (external link) who are based at East Sussex County Council. They can also provide advice and guidance on issues such as allergens.