Food businesses

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. 

It is estimated 5 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 on food law please go to the Food Standards Agency website. Business advice on food standards is also available on our food pages.

We are always willing to give guidance on how the law relates to your business. If you need advice, please ask by contacting us on the number below or by email. 

You may find the newsletter "Gut Reaction" produced by Dorset Councils interesting and informative.

Page last updated: 07 October 2020
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