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Register a food business

If you are starting a food business in Melton, or taking over an existing one you must register with us.

To register, complete the electronic form below and submit this to us. There is no charge for registration.

Once registered, our food inspectors will be able to inspect the premises as and when they need to. Food inspections help us to work with local businesses to maintain and improve conditions in food premises. Find out more about food businesses inspections 

Eligibility

You do not have to be a company or make a profit to be classed as a food business.

You should register if you:

  • are a food factory
  • make food products at home to sell
  • are a voluntary groups who cook meals for other people
  • Small or independent sellers, voluntary groups and "one-off" sales

If you run a mobile business, such as a burger van or ice cream van then you need to register wherever the van is parked overnight.

You do not need to register if you are offering one-off catering, for example, catering at school fetes.

 

Small or independent sellers, voluntary groups and "one-off" sales

You may not consider yourself a food business and you may just sell a few items to friends and family on social media, but the current food legislation includes any 'undertaking', not just formal businesses, and applies to all stages of production, processing and distribution of food  (this therefore also includes voluntary groups).  

There does need to be some degree of continuity to the operation to register, so one off school fairs or producing food just for a few people at Valentine's Day or exclusively at Christmas would generally not need registration.

As a basic rule of thumb, if you have a presence on social media or the web offering food or drink that you've either made yourself (such as cakes or ready meals), items bought to sell on, or even repackaged confectionary (such as gift bags) then you will  need to register with us.  If you're handling food or drink in any way, even if it stays wrapped, that still counts as an 'undertaking' and you need to register. 

Childminders

Childminders are no longer required to register directly with us if they provide food to children in their care.

You should complete the Childminder and daycare self assessment questionnaire (add in link) which will help us understand the sort of food you will be preparing. Please return it to us at Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH.

You must still handle food safely and in accordance with current laws. You should also keep some simple, basic records. You can find these on the Food Standards Agency website.

You can also download a free food safety pack for Childminders from the Food Standards Agency. Hard copies of the pack are sometimes available for free, please get in touch to find out more.

General advice for new food businesses

The design and structure of your premises

When choosing the premises for your food business you need to consider:

  • if your premises comply with the necessary regulations
  • if they are suitable for the needs of your business
  • allow you to conduct your food operation safely

For more information about how you can create the safest and most suitable premises for your food operation, go through the Food Standards Agency's ‘Starting-Up’ Booklet.

These rules and regulations are put in place to make sure your food premises are safe for you, your staff and for the general public. For instance, in your kitchen you need to have the proper food separation areas so that cross-contamination does not occur.

Staff Training

Before your business becomes operational and open to the public, you need to make sure your staff have completed food hygiene training in order to maximise the safety of your food operation. 

Inspections

Inspections are normally unannounced.  We are not required to give you notice of a visit, though officers will provide you with information at an inspection detailing when you may expect the next visit, for example in 18 months time. 

Food allergens

The Food Information Regulations (FIR) 2014 states that "information on certain foods causing allergies or intolerances that were used in the manufacture or preparation of a food" must be provided for prepackaged foods.

Where the food is not packaged, the FIR requires that when "food is sold by means of distance selling (for example, takeaway order by telephone or online), allergen information should be made available before the purchase is concluded, and be made available at point of delivery (for example, use of a menu or sticker)."

The Food Standards Agency provides many useful downloadable documents as well as online assistance to help with your allergen labelling:

  • Allergy and intolerance: guide for businesses
  • Allergen information for loose foods
  • Allergy: What to consider when labelling food
  • Resources for chefs, business owners, consumers and children concerning allergen info
  • Online food allergy training

Other helpful food safety documents:

  • Preventing Ecoli O157
  • Q&As on the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation allergen provisions
  • Food allergen labelling and information requirements under the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011: Technical Guidance
  • Meat Industry Guide (MIG)
  • Minimising the risk of Clostridium botulinum in vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods
  • Wild game safety information
Alcohol licensing

If your food operation is going to include the sale of alcohol, you will need to apply for an alcohol licence or receive authorisation from the licensing authority.  For premises in the Borough of Melton please see our Licensing pages for further information.   In addition if you wish to sell hot food and drink after 11pm you will need to apply for a licence for that too. 

Food Hygiene Ratings

Businesses selling or supplying food and drink to the public automatically included in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.  You score is generated following your inspection and further information on the scheme can be found on our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme pages.  

Animal products

Certain food premises that deal with products of animal origin (such as meat and dairy products) are required to be approved by us rather than just registered.

These premises are usually involved in the sale of their products to other businesses or outside the local area.

Typical examples include cheese dairies and meat pie or ready meal manufacturers, though it is possible that micro businesses can be included depending on what they do.

Without approval you are not allowed to trade in this way.

Approval means that you need to meet additional food safety laws, above and beyond what applies to standard food businesses. The requirements are taken from European regulations and further details, along with lists of UK approved premises are available on the Food Standards Agency website.

If you are considering starting a business like this then please speak to Environmental Health early on for advice.

Raw drinking milk

The sale of raw dairy milk is strictly regulated as it is a high risk product.  This type of milk does not undergo the heat treatment process that normal, pasteurised milk undergoes which means that pathogenic bacteria can survive.  

Information for consumers

The Food Standards Agency have advice for consumers on their website, including the circumstances where you can purchase it. It is a high risk product, especially for those people who are considered vulnerable.

Sales are completely prohibited in Scotland, but are permitted in England under certain circumstances 

Information for producers

If you are a farm considering selling raw dairy milk then you must seek approval from the Food Standards Agency. You will also be subject to checks by Environmental Health at the point of sale. 

The locations where you can sell the raw milk are strictly regulated.  It can include the farm gate and a vending machine there, but it cannot be sold to other businesses nor can it be sold at events or fairs. 

Last updated 6 September 2021
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