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Food law advice for businesses

If you are setting up a food business in County Durham we can provide you with advice and information to help you comply with food safety law.

As the Food Authority, we are responsible for enforcing all aspects of food safety law in County Durham.

The Food Safety Act 1990 and regulations made under it, make it an offence for anyone to sell, or process for sale, food that is harmful to health. Businesses are also required to ensure their activities are carried out in a hygienic way and that food is correctly labelled. 

Running a safe food business

This information will help food businesses owners to set up and run a safe food business. It is for guidance only, and it is your responsibility as the Food Business Operator (FBO) to ensure that safe working practices are followed.

You can find more information about food safety and standards on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website

The following links will signpost you to further information which will help you comply with food safety requirements:

For any other queries on food safety please contact us.