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Food safety

We are responsible for the safety of food, which is imported, produced, sold and consumed within Hackney.

We ensure that food meets appropriate legal and quality standards, is correctly labelled and described and is free from contaminants. We advise and educate food businesses and take enforcement action where appropriate.

These are some of the things we do:

  • undertake programmed food hygiene and food standards inspections
  • complete risk assessments of all food premises to give them a risk rating – this determines how often we inspect them
  • enforcement action when hygiene and standards are not met/maintained
  • inspect and monitor approved premises
  • food sampling to ensure the safety and composition of food
  • investigate complaints about food and food businesses
  • investigate cases of food-borne illness
  • inspection of food and food packaging
  • provide advice to food business
  • provide training for food handlers

Advice and guidance on food safety

Page updated on: 27 November 2019

Food safety


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