Are you planning to run a food business from your home?
You will need to register with your Local Authority. If your premises are based in Leeds you would need to register with ourselves.
The registration form can be found in the Documents section.
When running a food business from home your kitchen must meet the requirements of the hygiene regulations but the regulations do acknowledge a slightly lesser standard for domestic premises.
You will need to have undergone some food hygiene training. Level 2 or 3 Food Safety training qualifications are appropriate, however you must ensure the syllabus covers the type of activity you are planning to undertake e.g. catering or retail. Courses are run at Leeds City College or alternatively they are available on line but you do not benefit from the group discussions with on-line courses. You need to make sure that any on line training meets the syllabus or is accredited to one of the main awarding bodies e.g. CIEH, RSPH, City and Guilds etc.
You must have a written food safety management system commensurate to the size and nature of your business. There are several available for you to use:
- Safer Food Better Business (SFBB)
- Cook Safe
- Safe Catering
These can be downloaded from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website. See External links.
If you are going to pre-pack food for sale you should contact West Yorkshire Trading Standards if you need any advice to discuss any labelling requirements for the foods that you sell, for example ingredients, allergens and shelf life. Their phone number is 0113 253 0241.