We carry out regular checks on all food premises to ensure the public is protected and that high standards are maintained. Visits to food businesses are carried out without prior notification. Higher risk businesses are visited more frequently than lower risk.
We will take samples, photographs and inspect records and take food we suspect is unsafe. As a result, we may recommend prosecution or impose prohibitions on the business, process or equipment. If the public are at risk, we will serve a hygiene emergency prohibition notice, which effectively closes your establishment down.
We will make recommendations for improvement and discuss timescales within which you must complete the work and give you details of any follow up visits to check on your progress.
Officers have a right to enter and inspect premises at all reasonable hours, without an appointment, and will usually visit without advance notice. Every attempt will be made to resolve a situation by informal means, but if it is necessary to protect the public, officers will resort to formal action: