Food safety regulations

Food safety legislation places an obligation on food business operators to ensure that all their activities are carried out in a hygienic way. It makes it an offence to supply food which is unsafe or harmful to human health.

The food safety team is responsible for ensuring that businesses comply with these requirements under legislation such as the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. They deal with hygiene except at primary production (farms), where Trading Standards and other bodies have responsibility.

View the council's Annual Food Law Enforcement Service Plan 2013-14 (PDF, 441kb).

More in depth information and guidance regarding food law can be found on the FSA website.

Food safety

The council sets the following standards for food.

We aim to ensure that:

  • food businesses are registered
  • food is correctly labelled and described and meets quality standards
  • manufacturers and retailers of food are regularly inspected
  • restaurants and other food premises meet strict hygiene standards
  • food is safe to eat.

The food safety team is responsible for the inspection of food retailers and providers in the borough. They ensure that the food hygiene and quality being made available in premises meets legal requirements. It is also responsible for ensuring food is correctly labelled and compositional standards are met.

All premises registered with the council are inspected on a priority basis according to risk. New premises should register with the council so that an initial visit can be carried out and advice given. They also deal with any health and safety issues in food premises.

If you are a retailer seeking advice about how to handle food or you have a food safety issue, please contact us.

Copies of the Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 can be obtained from Office of Public Sector Information (opens in new window), or a copy can be inspected at the council offices where you may also obtain further help or advice.

Contact us

Consumer and Business Regulations Service - Food Safety
6th Floor
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London E14 2BG

Open: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Tel: 020 7364 5008
Fax: 020 7364 6901

Email: foodsafety@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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