Food law inspections and your business
If you run a business that makes or prepares food, it will be inspected to make sure you are following food law. The inspectors will be enforcement officers from the local authority
Making sure food is safe to eat
The inspectors will check if your business produces food that is safe to eat. To do this, they will look at:
Frequency of inspections
- your premises
- the kinds of food you make or prepare
- how you work
- your food safety management system
The inspectors might come on a routine inspection, or they might visit because of a complaint. The frequency with which our officers routinely inspect your business depends on the type of business you operate and its previous record. Some premises might be inspected at least every six months, others will be much less often.
Inspectors have the right to enter and inspect food premises at all reasonable hours. They do not have to make an appointment and will usually come without notice.
If you are running a food business from your home an appointment will usually be made prior to an officer visiting to carry out an inspection.
You can also report issues with food premises