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Food Businesses

When eating out or buying food we all take for granted that what we're eating won't do us any harm. How often is food safety a consideration?

We are responsible for making sure that restaurants, cafes, caterers and takeaways use the best possible hygienic practices. We enforce the Food Safety Act 1990 and associated legislation.

We educate businesses on food safety and encourage them to follow best practice. In addition to signposting to food hygiene training we run schemes like Safer Food Better Business, which is aimed at setting high standards.

Food Business Registration

We are responsible for registering and inspecting all food premises. We also assess them for hygiene and food safety standards. Find out more about registering a food business.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme


You can check a food hygiene rating for any food business. This informs consumers about the food hygiene standards of local food businesses.

Appeal, request a revisit and right to reply to a Food Hygiene Rating for Businesses

If you have received a Food Hygiene Rating and you are not satisfied with the result there are a number of things you can do. Find out more on our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme for Food Businesses page.

Annual Food Plan

Annual Food Plan 2023-24 [pdf] 1350KB

Our Annual Food Plan details our aims and objectives, and summarises our achievements from the past year.

Further information

What's the difference between 'best before' and 'use by' dates?

Watch this handy video explaining food dates.

Contact us

Email the Food Safety Team.