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Food business inspections

We make sure that all food stored, handled or sold in Hull is fit for human consumption. We do this by inspecting the food itself. We inspect all foodstuffs ranging from fruit and vegetables to meat and fish.

If you're not sure how food safety laws apply to your business, don't wait for an inspection to ask for advice - please contact us.

When inspections take place

We inspect food businesses regularly, normally without giving notice, to make sure they are complying with food hygiene regulations.

How often we do an inspection depends on what risks we have found during previous inspections and the type of business. For example, a small retail shop selling only wrapped sweets may be inspected less often than a catering establishment.

What happens in an inspection

During an inspection we will assess whether your business has adequate safety procedures in place. We will also look at the training of managers and food handlers, and check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory. You will get a written report at the end of the inspection.

Where practices or conditions are not satisfactory, we may be able to resolve the matter by providing advice and guidance. Where poor conditions persist, or where there is a risk to public health, we may take formal action. This could involve either the service of a legal notice, prosecution, or in extreme cases the closure of the business.

Find out more about legal action and enforcement procedures

If the business is eligible to be rated by the food standard agency scheme, the business will also be given a food hygiene rating (formerly scores on the doors).

The food hygiene rating scheme is a national system. It is used to reflect the standard of food hygiene, not the quality of the food, at places to eat and where food is sold.

Find out more about food hygiene ratings

Contact us

Food Safety Section
Environmental Health
Hull City Council
33 Witham

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 518

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