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Food safety guidelines

There are lots of food safety guidelines that you need to comply with in your business to avoid getting into legal trouble somewhere down the line. We know it can be tricky knowing where to go, so we've pulled together these resources to help you stay on the right side of the law.

You will learn

  • What you will need to do if you want to store or sell food and drink
  • The importance of food hygiene training
  • How your Council can help you

If you are intending to produce, store or sell food and drink, in almost all cases you will need to register your food business with your council at least 28 days before starting trading. There is no charge for registration.

Food safety is normally regulated by your council, although in some cases it may be by the Food Standards Agency.You will also need to ensure that you and your staff have appropriate food hygiene training before you start running your business.

How Councils can help your business

Councils have a team of experienced food safety officers that give help and advice, in addition to carrying out inspections of your food business to ensure the food you are producing is safe to eat.

Following a food safety inspection they will rate your business in accordance with “The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme” to show how well you are complying with food safety law. They also investigate complaints about food, food businesses and food poisoning cases notified by local doctors.

What do they offer?

Advice and information on food safety law

Where appropriate, advisory visits to your business premises (there may be a charge for this)

Help in compliance with the law and support in the development of good practice

Help in developing a robust food safety management system

Advice on food hygiene training requirements

Further information

Contact the appropriate council where your business is located:

City of York Council

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

phone: (01904) 551525


Selby District Council

Food and Safety, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9FT

phone: (01757) 705101


Harrogate Borough Council

Harrogate Borough Council, PO Box 787, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 9RW

phone: (01423) 500600 ext. 58515


Hambleton District Council

Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2UU

phone: 01609 779977


Craven District Council

Environmental Health, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1FJ

phone: (01756) 700600


Richmondshire District Council

Environmental Health, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JXph

phone: (01748) 829100


Ryedale District Council

Ryedale House, Old Malton Road, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7HH

phone: (01653) 600666


Scarborough Borough Council

Food and Occupational Safety Team, Environmental Services, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG

phone: (01723) 232323


East Riding of Yorkshire Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA

phone: (01482) 396301


Further support

Food Standards Agency -

Guidance on Food Law Requirements for Restaurants, Cafés and other Catering Businesses and Shops Selling Food -

FSA Guidance on Setting up a Restaurant, Cafe or Other Catering Business -

Safer Food Better Business -

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme -

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Written by:

Simon King

Growth Hub Manager

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