Businesses that produce or prepare food for the public are inspected to make sure that:
These inspections enforce the Food Safety Act 1990, European Communities Act 1972 and the regulations made under these laws. These regulations include the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 and Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2007.
Environmental Health Officers from Tandridge District Council will regularly come to inspect your business to check on food safety and hygiene standards. Surrey County Council Trading Standards Officers look at food standards such as composition (what food contains) and labelling.
The inspectors might come on a routine inspection, or they might visit because of a complaint. How often the inspectors routinely inspect your business depends on the type of business and its previous record. Some premises might be inspected at least every six months, others much less often.
Environmental health officers and trading standards officers 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. They will always have some form of identity and written authorisation to undertake food safety work.
The inspectors will look at how you operate your business to identify potential hazards, and to make sure that your business complies with the law.
The inspectors will also want to be statisfied that you have an effective food safety system commensurate with the type and size of food business you operate, all the food handlers know how to handle food correctly and that you keep appropriate records.
When inspectors visit, they must follow the Food Standards Agency's Framework Agreement on Local Authority Food Law Enforcement, Food Law Codes of Practice (England) and Practice guidance. The Framework Agreement sets standards for how Local Authorities carry out their enforcement duties.
You can read it on the Food Standards Agency website at www.food.gov.uk (This link will open in a new window)
You can expect the inspectors to show you identification when they arrive and be polite throughout the visit. They should always give you feedback on an inspection. This means they will tell you about any hazards or contraventions that they have identified and advise you about how they can be avoided or remedied.
If inspectors advise you to do something, they will tell you whether you need to do it to comply with the law, or whether it would simply be good practice.
If you are asked to take any action as a result of the inspection, you must be given the reasons in writing. If the inspectors decide that you are breaking a law, they must tell you what that law is.
The inspectors will give you a reasonable amount of time to make changes, except where there is an immediate risk to public health. They must also tell you how you can appeal against their actions (see 'How can I appeal?' below).
When they think it is necessary, inspectors can take 'enforcement action', to protect the public. For example, they can:
If a prosecution is successful, the court may prohibit you from using certain processes, premises or equipment, or you could be banned from managing a food business. It could also lead to a fine or imprisonment.
Every Local Authority must have a formal procedure to deal with complaints about its service. So if you do not agree with action taken by an inspector, you should contact Tandridge District Council Environmental Health or Surrey Trading Standards Services to see if the problem can be resolved. If you still disagree after that, you could approach your local councillor or use the complaints procedure.
If we serve any notice upon you we will provide information about any appeal procedure at the same time
For further information please contact Environmental Health on 01883 732841 or e-mail email@example.com
Or write to us at:
Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East
Oxted Surrey RH8 0BT
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