The Environmental Health Team is responsible for ensuring all food exposed for sale in the borough is safe to eat. We do this through reacting to concerns from residents and proactive inspections. We support the local economy by assisting food businesses to maintain high food hygiene standards. We conform to the principles of better regulation and are proportionate in whatever action we take.
The council only deals with food hygiene issues. For other food related issues such as labelling or food quality you will need to contact Trading Standards at Leicestershire County Council.
Food businesses need to register with their Local Authority before they start to trade. Here you can download the Food registration form (PDF Document, 59.75 Kb). Child minders are an exception to this as they now register as part of their OFSTED registration. All food handlers also need to have the level of training needed to be able produce safe food. There are some free courses available to help people back into work.
We promote the Food Hygiene Rating System which lets customers see how well their restaurant manages food safety. You can get this information on the move by downloading the Food Standards Agency app. If you are thinking of starting a food business please see our pages related to what you need to do.
To report a concern about a food business, or food you have purchased, please use the online report form.
If you provide entertainment as part of you business or you intend to trade from the street you may need to be licensed.
Food Hygiene in the Home
Most food poisoning happens in the home and can easily be avoided by paying attention to how you store and prepare your food.
Spread the Word Not the Germs
While you are cooking with your children, include food safety as part of the activity.
The bacteria campylobacter is responsible for more cases of food poisoning than E.coli, listeria and salmonella put together. The campylobacter fact sheet (PDF Document, 66.47 Kb) gives some good tips on how to reduce the risks from this bacteria.
Bringing Food into the Country
If you are travelling abroad make sure you know what food you are able to bring back by visiting: Bringing Food into the Country.
It is important that all food businesses are run safely and hygienically, with no risk to the public from the food that is produced or sold. The council's environmental health officers are able to offer you sound advice about the many issues that will affect your business. These include food safety and health and safety requirements, noise control and the prevention of nuisances.
By contacting your environmental health officer at an early stage, you could save time, money and anxiety as the advice you receive will help you to operate within the law and make sure that your new business venture gets of to the best possible start from day one.
It is also a legal requirement that you register your food business with the council.
If you would like any information about starting, registering or running a food business in our borough, please contact us for free, impartial advice.
Find out more about running a mobile food business.
Last updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2016 3:42 pm