Guidance for food businesses

Read our helpful pack, which provides advice for running your food business.

1 Overview

As a food business, we appreciate that finding the information you need can be time consuming. We also understand that it is not always clear who does what.

Trading Standards food officers work closely with our local district and borough environmental health officers and together we ensure the safety of food businesses within West Sussex.

2 Preparing for food inspections

Trading Standards inspections

These will cover your allergens control, food labelling and any other relevant trading standards matters, such as fair trading and weights and measures.

The document below has been prepared to help you ensure you are complying with the relevant legislation.

Environmental health inspections

These will check your business’s level of cleanliness and hygiene, observe your food handling and decide how confident they are in your management system.

At the end of their inspection, they will award you an appropriate food hygiene rating score.

We have recently polled our residents in relation to food hygiene and you can view the results on our customer poll page.

3 Food business training and support

The following links detail courses to help you with your food business:

You can also sign up to our West Sussex food business email, issued when anything topical that affects food businesses comes to our attention.

4 One-to-one business advice

If you would like access to on-going assured regulatory advice, we offer the Primary Authority Partnership scheme for all our local food businesses.

Prices start at £280 for small or medium sized enterprises and includes four hours of bespoke mentoring, training and assured advice with full registration on the national Primary Authority register.

We already have a number of direct, joint and coordinated partnerships with local food businesses, such as Giggling Squid, Nestle and Jubylee Bakes.

Contact us for further information and to arrange a no obligation visit at a time that suits you.

5 Better Business For All (BBFA) poll

West Sussex Trading Standards is a key member of the Sussex BBFA and along with local district and borough councils, we work with business representatives, such as the Chambers of Commerce to improve the way in which regulatory compliance is delivered in Sussex.

Let us know what keeps you awake at night and what we can do to make regulatory compliance easier for you to understand by taking part in our short one minute online poll.

Take our short online poll (external link)
Last updated:
20 August 2018

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