Food businesses

Find information on food safety courses run by the council, food hygiene ratings for food businesses in our district and how to start a food business and meet the requirements for food safety in catering.

► Starting a food business
All food businesses are required by law to register with their Local Food Authority at least 28 days prior to trading.

► Food hygiene ratings
Find out about the hygiene rating of food businesses in the district and access the documents required to request a re-inspection and appeal or comment on a rating.

► Food safety management systems
Helping you identify potential food hazards and introduce procedures to make sure those hazards are removed or reduced to an acceptable level.

► Food safety training 
Level 2 Awards in Food Safety in Catering

► Local flavours 
Local Flavours is an initiative that includes Essex, focused on establishing local food networks/supply chains.

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Complaints or concerns about food safety

► Allergens and food intolerance

► Flooding advice for businesses

Additional information

 ► Food Safety Act - A Guide For Businesses (2009) (PDF) on the FSA website


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