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Food Safety Team
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 304147
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01752 226314

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Food safety

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The Food Safety Act 1990 and regulations made under it make it an offence for anyone to sell or process food for sale which is harmful to health. They also place an obligation on businesses to ensure that their activities are carried out in a hygienic way.

An estimated five million people suffer from food poisoning in England and Wales each year. Running a food business means that you have a particular responsibility in protecting the health of your customers.

For more detailed information please go to the Food Standards Agency website.

Staff in the Food Safety Team are always willing to give guidance on how the law relates to your business. If you need advice, please ask.

The Council carries out regular checks on all food premises to ensure the public is protected and that high standards are maintained.

Visits to premises are carried out, as far as possible, without prior notification and are priority programmed according to the degree of potential risk. This ensures that higher risk premises are visited more frequently than those in lower risk categories.

During an inspection, Officers will want to reassure themselves that potential food safety risks have been identified by the business, and that there are adequate controls in place to prevent any problems. They will also look at the training of managers and food handlers to ensure that it is suitable, and they will check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory.

Where practices or conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means, but where poor conditions persist, or where there is a risk to public health it may be necessary to resort to formal action. This could involve either the service of legal notice, prosecution, or in extreme cases closure of the business.

Further information

Food sampling

Food sampling is carried out to make sure food and drink is safe to consume. We have a focused food and water sampling programme to ensure microbiological, chemical and compositional standards are met.

Healthy eating

For information on healthy eating please visit the NHS Choices website.


Please refer to our training services page for all our available food safety training courses.

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