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Food safety risk management


It is a legal requirement for food businesses to operate a documented food safety management system. The system must be based upon the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

To assist you with this requirement the Food Standards Agency have prepared the Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB) pack. SFBB is a process that asks you to think logically about what might go wrong with the food that you make or sell, and identifies what you must do to ensure it is safe for your customers. It is based on well established food safety practices that you may already be familiar with, and aims to prevent problems occurring rather than reacting to them after they have happened.

SFBB helps to prevent problems rather than reacting to them after they have happened. It can help your business because:

  • it helps ensure food is safe for customers to eat
  • it helps business operators comply with the legal requirement for a documented food safety management system

We can provide advice and assistance to businesses on how to prepare and implement SFBB.

What we must do

To help food businesses meet their legal requirements in relation to SFBB we can provide them with copies of the SFBB pack. The packs cost:

  • £20 (including p&p) per copy of the full pack
  • £6 (including p&p) per pack of diary refill sheets

 Alternatively this can be downloaded from the Food Standards Agency website.

We can also provide advice on how to fill in the pack.

When we inspect your business we will check that you have put your food safety management system or SFBB procedures in place.

If a business has no food safety management system or equivalent procedures in place, we will ensure that food business operators meet their responsibilities by taking appropriate enforcement action in accordance with our enforcement policy.

Contact us
Food Safety
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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