Inspectors have the right to enter and inspect food premises at all reasonable hours. On arrival an inspector will introduce themselves and produce their identification badge to the person in charge. The inspector will discuss the purpose and scope of the visit and what they intend to do. This can involve, amongst other things:
The inspector will discuss the purpose and scope of the visit and what they intend to do. This can involve, amongst other things:
- looking at food products on the shelves, in fridges and freezers
- checking menus
- looking at paper work
- talking to staff.
Inspectors will look at the way you run your business to spot any hazards and to make sure it complies with the law. They will discuss any problems with you and advise on any solutions.
They also have powers they can use when they think it is needed, to protect the public. They have the power to:
- take samples, photos, and inspect records
- purchase, detain or seize suspect foods
- serve enforcement notices which may require improvements to be made or prohibit food business operations, processes or equipment from being used.
- where the decision is taken to prosecute the court may impose fines and/or a prison term.
Any action taken will be in accordance with the councils enforcement policy.
Enforcement policy (pdf 170kb opens in a new window)
You must not obstruct officers as this is an offence.