Food hygiene legislation

Food hygiene laws in the UK affect all food businesses, including caterers, primary producers (such as farmers), manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

How the legislation affects you will depend on the size and type of your business.

Most food businesses will need to register all of their premises with their local authority.  This is required under EU regulations.  For more information on registering your premises with Tendring District Council, including an online registration form, please go to our "Register a Food Premises" page via the link to the right of this page.

This application is not subject to tacit approval under the European Union Services Directive.  The indicative timescale for dealing with the application is proposed to be within 45 days of receipt of a full application.  The deadline may be required to be extended, you will be notified of the new deadline and the reason for extending it.

Approval is required from the local authority for anyone handling meat or other animal products, e.g. re-packaging or cold storage, which is supplied to a third party that is not the final consumer.

To check if your business would need to be Approved please contact our Food Safety Team.

You'll find information about the legislation and what it means for different food industry sectors on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Website, which includes frequently asked questions and food safety management packs to help food businesses comply with the legislation that you can download.  You will also find information about food labelling and composition on their website and also on the Trading Standards Institute website.

The Essex Food Group has produced a list of Food Hygiene Training Providers who run a variety of food hygiene training courses.

Contact Details:

If you have any queries or would like information on whether your business should be registered as a food premises please contact our Food Safety team:

Environmental Services (Food, Health & Safety) Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton On Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE
Telephone: 01255 686767

Last updated on: 21/11/2022 - 16:47