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Food hygiene and safety

Starting a new food business

Starting a new food business? You must register with us at least 28 days beforehand.

If you're thinking of setting up a food business, there are many things to consider before you start selling any food. Whether you want to manufacture or process food from factory premises, open up a restaurant, sell from a mobile food van or simply cater from home you may need help from the food safety team in complying with food legislation.

Getting advice early will ensure that you are on the right track, complying with the law, and may help you to avoid mistakes that could prove to be expensive to rectify at a later date.

You will need to make sure that your food premises are suitable with good design, layout and hygiene. You will also need to make sure that you and your staff are trained and that you have proper systems in place to ensure that the food you sell is safe and of good quality - this applies whatever type of food business you run.

Food hygiene rating scheme

The scheme:

  • helps consumers to make informed choices about the places they eat at and where they buy food
  • encourages businesses to improve hygiene standards
  • works by using a simple scoring system for food businesses

Any business that receives a food hygiene inspection is given a risk rating between five and zero, depending on the standards found at the time.

Five is the highest rating, and Zero is the lowest rating.

This information is then published by the Food Standards Agency.

Food sampling

Each year we carry out food sampling to check:

  • food and drink sold in North Tyneside is safe to eat
  • that quality is what consumers should expect

We work with the Health Protection Agency and Public Analyst.

Food safety training

We hold food safety courses regularly throughout the year at the White Swan Centre, Killingworth or Langdale Centre, North Shields.

These courses are specifically aimed at food handlers covering topics such as:

  • the law
  • food safety hazards
  • temperature control
  • food handling
  • safe food storage
  • cleaning and equipment

Training is administered by North Tyneside Learning Alliance.

Operating a mobile food business

There are certain restrictions on where you can trade with a mobile food vehicle within the North Tyneside district. If you're parking on private land this must always be with the express permission of the landowner.

There may be planning constraints attached to the land so we would always advise that you check with our planning officers before coming to any agreement with a landowner.

You cannot trade from any council owned land without the permission of our Estates and Valuation Team. Permission is not normally given but there are certain permitted sites that are leased annually through a tender arrangement.

Trading from a public highway (includes footpaths, verges and lay bys) is generally prohibited but you should contact the councils Highways Team for further advice.

Safer food, better business

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has developed a 'Safer Food, Better Business' (SFBB) pack to help small business put in place food safety management procedures and to help businesses comply with food hygiene regulations.

The pack comes with a DVD which is available in 16 different languages.

Visit the Food Standards Agency.

Contact us

Environmental Health
Public Protection Services
Quadrant (East)
Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Telephone: (0191) 643 6100
Email: environmental.health@northtyneside.gov.uk

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