Food Hygiene Ratings
Fylde’s Food Safety Officer’s aim to ensure that all food and drink intended for human consumption by Fylde’s 800 food businesses is produced, stored, distributed or handled without risk to the health and safety of the consumer. We will also publish details of these inspections on the Food Standard Agency’s national food hygiene rating scheme.
Food safety is a major part of the environmental health officer’s work. Our job is to ensure that food business supply wholesome and safe food produced in a clean, hygienic manner.
To this end the Food Safety Team are involved in a number of areas of work including:
Food hygiene inspections
The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 require that all food on sale is safe to eat and is applicable to all food businesses from manufacturers and distributors to caterers and retail shops. The council is responsible for enforcement in approximately 800 premises and in addition to proactive inspection, we also undertake some other functions in relation to food businesses:
Investigation of Food Complaints
- Registration of food premises
- Food safety complaint investigations
- Routine food sampling programme
Purpose of food hygiene inspections
The primary responsibility for controlling food safety rests with the proprietor of the food business, however, environmental health officers inspect all types of food businesses to:
- Make sure food is being handled and produced hygienically
- Make sure food is safe to eat
- Identify any foreseeable risks of food poisoning or injury which might arise if the food is eaten
The objectives of the inspection therefore include:
- Determination of the business activities and the law that applies to the business
- Gathering and recording information from observations and discussions with the people involved
- Identifying the potential hazards and risk to the health of the public
- Checking the effectiveness of the controls to make the food safe
- Assessment of the management systems operated by the business
- Identifying the contraventions of food safety law
- Consideration of the appropriate enforcement action to make sure food businesses comply with the law
The local authority are required to keep a record of all food businesses and put together a programme to make sure that all food businesses are inspected on a regular basis.
Approval of meat, dairy and fish products plants
The authority is also required to enforce specific hygiene rules for products of animal origin such as meat, milk or fish product premises under the European Regulations 853/2004 and 854/2004. The authority has ten of these premises which require in-depth inspections and detailed record keeping and if you wish to find out more details about these requirements.
National food hazard warnings are reported by the Food Standards Agency to be actioned appropriately, in accordance with the authority’s documented food hazard warnings procedure. Details of any warnings related to your products can be found by following the above link.
Investigation of food poisoning and related food borne diseases
The section investigates all cases of notifiable food-related including food poisoning outbreaks and infectious disease reported via the appropriate channels, in conjunction with the Health Protection Agency.
If you have any enquiries or complaints related to the safety of food sold or produced within the Borough of Fylde you can contact the Food Team by e-mail at email@example.com or at:
St Annes Road West
Lytham St Anne’s