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Advice for new & existing food businesses
The law requires all food businesses to understand the hazards associated with the food they handle and the controls necessary to ensure that public health is protected. This requires appropriate food safety handling procedures to be adopted and checks to ensure that hazards are properly controlled.
The nature of the food safety procedures and checks required will depend on the nature of the business and the types of food handled. For example, the requirements for a caterer producing ready to eat meals will be different to someone making cakes or selling vegetables.
The law requires procedure to be put in place based on the principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). There is no one standard legal format, with every business free to adopt their own system, provided they can demonstrate the safety of the foods produced.
For ease, the Food Standards Agency has developed 'Safer Food Better Business' in various formats, as an example food safety management system for use in different types of catering and retail outlets. The procedures and standards set out in this, if followed, are deemed to meet the legal requirements. Further information can be found at: on the Food Standards Agency website
'There is no fee payable to make a new application to register as a food business establishment. It can be sent to us through the post (please see form for return address details), or as a signed & scanned email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is required for anyone dealing with food in their business activity; this include home caterers. It also is a requirement for any new owner (food business operator) who is taking over an existing food business as a going concern.
The Food Hygiene Registration Form should be completed by food business operators in respect of new food business establishments and be received by the relevant Food Authority (i.e. Breckland Council) 28 days before commencing food operations. In the case of a change of ownership, the registration form should be completed and returned as soon as possible.
Approved premises are businesses that handle meat or dairy products under certain circumstances. These are generally those who manufacture or wholesale these foods, and require strict regulation.
In addition Breckland has made available opening and closing checks, and 4 weekly reviews in the following languages:
Please download the refill below:
In addition to the above 'Home Caterer' checklist, Breckland Council has also produced a new booklet for people wanting to set up and run a food business from their own home. Download a copy of.
Breckland has developed checklists for various types of food business. You may either download or request from the list below: from " Further information-Food safety checklists"
These should be used in conjunction with a diary or note of non-conformances. Your Food safety officer will advise you further when they inspect you.
Sale of Alcohol: Refer to the Licensing webpages if selling alcohol on the premises, or your business includes the provision of late night refreshment (hot food or drink, consumed on or off the premises, between the hours of 23:00 and 05:00) as you will require a licence: Alcohol and Entertainment
Mobile Catering: Several key areas of advice, including food business registration, street trading consent, food safety training programme and putting in place a food safety management system can be accessed via: Mobile Catering
'Change of Use' and Planning Permission: If the food business involves a different type of use of the premises compared to previously, then an application for 'change of use' under planning legislation may need to be made at an early stage, before committing to any significant expense that cannot be recovered (i.e. changing the internal layout, fitting out the premises etc). This may also apply if running a food business from your own home, subject to the scale of operation. Refer to: Do I Need Planning Permission?
Building Regulation Approval: Even if Planning Permission is not required, you may still need to apply for this type of approval if undertaking building works. Refer to Building Control
Business Rates: You shall need to check the implications of any new business proposal to determine what amount of business rates may be payable - this could even include your own home if part of the property is to be used for running a business.
New Business Support & Business Finance Options: Refer to the Economic Development Team's web page: Business Support