Food safety for businesses

The information provided in the pages and web links below are intended to provide guidance and advice for new and existing food businesses to help you to comply with food safety law and provide safer food for your customers.

Food Standards Agency guidance


Guidance for food businesses to clarify the steps that they need to take to control the risk of food becoming contaminated by E.coli O157 and what businesses should be doing to protect their customers.

Food hygiene for businesses
A range of food hygiene guidance and advice and publications for caterers and retailers, to help you provide safer food for customers.

Distance selling guidance for food businesses

Guidance for food businesses selling food for delivery (distance selling).   

Food safety and hygiene publications

A range of safety and hygiene publications you can download. 

Fish and shellfish

Guidance and information for the hygienic production of fish and shellfish.

Allergy and Intolerance

What you need to know about the allergen information rules for food allergy and intolerance, including labelling and guidance

Food Allergen Labelling

People with food allergies have to be extremely careful about what they eat. Food labelling is therefore very important to those with food allergies as there can be potentially serious consequences from eating food that they are allergic to.

Resources for allergen information

Guidance and materials to assist food businesses in implementing and complying with the Food Information for Consumers Regulations.

British Hospitality Association

Industry guide to good hygiene practice - catering guide

To build a successful business, all caterers want and need to serve safe food.  The Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering Guide is available for purchase from the British Hospitality Association and is intended to give advice and guidance to caterers on how to comply with their legal obligations under Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs and with UK Food Hygiene Regulations.

Food waste and general waste disposal

Disposal of waste food of animal origin and cooking oil

Waste food of animal origin must be disposed of safely to control the risk of disease to both animals and humans. 

Food and waste disposal

All food businesses, including those involved in catering, food production, food preparation, retail premises, restaurants, pubs, cafes, and fast-food shops are required to have a waste disposal contract for general food waste.

Is your food business registered?

It is a legal requirement that all food businesses operating within the London Borough of Bromley register their business with the council at least 28 days before you start to trade. Please only register if you definitely intend to start trading. Find out how to register your food business.Once you have submitted a food business registration form you are free to trade.

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