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Checks on food premises

Checks carried out on food premises

This service aims to ensure that storage, preparation, manufacture and sale of food is free from the risk of food poisoning and meets food safety requirements. This is undertaken by:

  • Inspecting food businesses, planned on the basis of risk
  • Investigation of complaints regarding food and food premises
  • Sampling and analysis of foodstuffs
  • Providing advice to businesses on good food hygiene practice

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Inspections of food businesses

The team carries out over 600 full food hygiene inspections a year across Adur and Worthing. In addition premises that do not comply with the required standard will receive follow up visits. The frequency of visits depends on the risk posed by the business and includes the type of food manufactured or sold, the scale of distribution and vulnerability of the consumer, the conditions found on the premises and the confidence in management to provide a safe place to eat. Advice to businesses on good food hygiene practice is also given during visits.

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When an inspector calls

The various powers available to inspectors can be found in the leaflet below:

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Investigation of complaints

The team will investigate allegations of food poisoning, complaints of foreign bodies found in food and of dirty or unhygienic premises. We will also investigate complaints of food sold beyond its 'use-by' date.

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Sampling and analysis of foodstuffs

The team regularly takes samples of foodstuffs from premises across Adur and Worthing. These samples may form part of our routine sampling programme or be part of a wider national programme.

For more information about food testing and indicator, or food poisoning bacteria please the leaflet below:

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Safety in catering

Working in the catering industry presents many safety hazards such as slips on greasy floors, knives, musculoskeletal disorders, dermatitis and fire.

For useful information in order to protect your staff and your customers please visit:

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