Food Safety for Business
Food safety and hygiene advice for catering and retail food businesses
New Forest District Council has adopted the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) to help local people and visitors to our area make informed choices about where to eat out or shop for food.
Developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the scheme aims to protect public health by providing information about hygiene standards in local food outlets at the time they are inspected by our food safety officers.
All food hygiene inspections of businesses selling to the end consumer are now included in the scheme. The results are published on the FSA's website food.gov.uk/ratings.
A good food hygiene rating is a great advertisement for your business
To find out more about the scheme, how ratings are calculated, which businesses are included and excluded and how customers will know what you've been rated, see the information leaflet. This also includes details about the safeguards in place to ensure that the scheme is fair.
The Food Information Regulations 2014
The new regulations, which came into force on 13 December 2014, will build on current allergen labelling provisions for pre packed foods and will introduce a new requirement for allergen information to be provided for foods sold non-packed or pre packed for direct sale. There is further guidance and advice available on the Food Standards Agency website
Other useful information
If you're starting up a new food business or want to improve food safety in an existing establishment, a range of useful links, publications, resources and online tools are available below to help you. These include details on providing safer food and creating a better business, which is an innovative and practical approach to food safety management.