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Guidance for Food Businesses

Information

Listed below are a number of resources relating to food safety which are frequently requested from the Authority.


Food Hygiene Information

Food Hygiene: A guide for businesses is a booklet for restaurants, cafés and other catering businesses, as well as shops selling food.

It tells you about the key laws that affect your business, what they require you to do and how they are enforced.

The booklet also explains about good food hygiene practice, which is essential for you to sell food that is safe to eat – to protect your business and obey the law.


Registration of premises

The registration form should be completed by food business operators in respect of food business establishments and submitted to the relevant authority 28 days before commencing food operations.

On the basis of the activities carried out, certain food business establishments have to be approved rather than registered. If you are unsure whether any aspect of your food operations would require your establishment to be approved, please contact the Food Safety Team on the number provided in the links section opposite.


Food Safety Management

From 1 January 2006 new European Community Food Hygiene Regulations replaced the now revoked Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995. In practice the main change relates to food safety management, and will require the documentation of arrangements for making sure that food sold to customers is safe.

There is now a legal requirement for all food businesses to provide appropriate documents and records showing how the HACCP principles are being applied.

A number of packs have been developed which assist businesses to comply with the above Regulations. Click here for an explanation of HACCP, and examples of HACCP plans in alternative languages. Alternatively follow the links opposite for further examples of Food Safety Management Systems.


Training

Food businesses must ensure that any staff who handle food are supervised and instructed and/or trained in food hygiene in a way that is appropriate for the work they do.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website provides detailed information on the levels of food hygiene training available and provides a searchable database of training companies that offer training courses.

Alternatively you can use the link opposite for details of local training providers.


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 Ceredigion County Council if the business is located within the Authority area.

This website explains what inspections might involve and the action that inspectors can take if they find a problem in your business.

The webpage can be accessed by clicking here.

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