Food Safety Inspections
The Council carries out regular checks on all food premises to ensure the public is protected and that high standards are maintained
All food businesses in the area are visited on a regular basis - restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, corner shops, warehouses and manufacturers. The frequency of visits depends on the nature of the business and the condition of the premises. The better the management of the business, the less frequently we go.
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. Officers are out and about in the City during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. A wide range of options are available to deal with any problems found. These range from just giving advice to prosecution.
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.