Food safety

Coronavirus: important information for food premises

In the current situation it would be extremely helpful if restaurants and pubs could let us know if they plan to remain open to provide take-aways.

Please contact dympna.sanders@hart.gov.uk so we can update our records and let people know the options available.

Please note, if you do not normally provide take-aways but are already registered with Hart District Council as a food business, still complete the food registration form, but you will not be required to wait 28 days to start operating and can implement straight away.

If you are a completely new business offering a take-away service, again please complete the food registration form and we will endeavour to process this as quickly as possible so that we can set you up in a short time scale. We will require evidence of food hygiene training and a documented HACCP system for the food operation,

Registering a Food Premise

By law premises used for a food business (including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable structures) must be registered. The council keeps a list of such premises and undertakes regular inspections. The frequency of the visits will depend on the type of business.

Register your food business online.

Food Hygiene Training

Everyone involved in a food business must be trained in food safety matters relevant to their role. Hart District Council is a registered food hygiene training provider with The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and we are hoping to run courses throughout 2020 at the Council Offices, Fleet (subject to the current Coronavirus situation):

  • CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Hygiene - 16th September and 4th November 2020
    One day course on the basic principles of food hygiene, aimed at food handlers in catering, manufacturing or retail sectors. It enables employees to handle food safely and understand the importance of following food safety procedures. Includes a short multiple choice exam, and successful candidates will receive a CIEH certificate.
    The course fee is £75 per person (includes registration, course literature, buffet lunch and refreshments). A second person applying from the same business will receive a reduction of £15.
    Apply via our online form.
  • CIEH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety and Hygiene - 16th June 2020
    Three-day intermediate level course designed to equip supervisors and managers with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure that their operation is conducted in a hygienic manner. It is also relevant for those who have to develop or monitor HACCP based food safety management systems. Includes a short multiple choice exam, and successful candidates will receive a CIEH certificate. 
    The course fee is £275 per person (includes registration, course literature, buffet lunch and refreshments). A second person applying from the same business will receive a reduction of £45.
    Apply via our online form

If you are a business and would like on site food hygiene training at your premises, please email us eh@hart.gov.uk.

For further information on health and safety courses or training visit the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Hart Council use the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to provide information about hygiene standards in food businesses locally. View the ratings of food premises near you.

If you are a business operator and wish to request a re-rating revisit, please complete our online form. Please note there is a fee for this service.

You can also appeal your food hygiene rating, and further details can be found on the Food Standards Agency's website.

Food Hygiene Excellence Award

This award is given to local businesses who go above and beyond in Food Hygiene. The scheme is an initiative to recognise those food businesses that achieve excellent standards of hygiene based upon their last full food safety inspection. Only those food businesses that achieve the top score in one of three national scoring criteria used during food hygiene inspections are included within this scheme. For more information please see our Food Hygiene Excellence Awards Factsheet.

Congratulations to all food businesses that currently hold the award for excellence. View the list of successful businesses. Please note that this list is currently updated on quarterly basis. There may therefore be a delay in adding or removing food businesses from this list.

Safer Food Better Business

Safer food, better business (SFBB) has been designed by the Food Standards Agency to provide a practical approach to food safety management. This pack has been developed to assist small businesses put in place food safety management procedures and the pack helps food business operators produce the documentation that is required by food hygiene regulations. You can download an SFBB pack here

Environmental Health

The Environmental Health Department is responsible for the regulation of Food Safety within the district of Hart. It's duties include the following:

  • Enforcement of food hygiene legislation and Codes of Practice.
  • Inspection of food businesses
  • Investigation of food complaints and complaints against food premises
  • Investigation of suspected food poisoning/food poisoning outbreaks
  • The microbiological sampling of food
  • Inspection, seizure and detention of suspect food
  • Registration of all food businesses
  • Approval for the manufacture of animal products
  • Provision of advice and assistance to food businesses, other services within the Authority and the general public
  • Application of the Primary Authority principle
  • Training on Food Hygiene to businesses and individuals

How to contact Environmental Health

Email: eh@hart.gov.uk 

Phone: 01252 774421

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