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Food standards

If you have a food business, there are food standards legal requirements that you must comply with.

Advice for food businesses

If you supply food to the public or other businesses you can find out about food standards legal requirements and other trading standards issues on the Business Companion website. The site provides impartial free information, is maintained by the Trading Standards Institute and backed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The content is written and verified by expert contributors, but is not designed to be a replacement for professional advice and is intended only for guidance.

Visit the Business Companion website for food standards information (opens in a new window)

If you are unsure how to comply with food standards law in your business, contact us for guidance using the online form below. Alternatively call us on 01482 300 300 or email tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk



It is better to talk to us before you spend money on things such as products, menus, labelling, offers, promotions and marketing.

Advice for food importers, manufacturers, packers, wholesalers and business to business suppliers

If you are an importer, manufacturer, packer wholesaler or business to business supplier, we can provide you with guidance on legal requirements, setting up systems to achieve compliance, best practice and maintaining due diligence systems.

If you are unsure how to comply with food standards law in your business, contact us for guidance using the online form below. Alternatively call us on 01482 300 300 or email tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk



It is better to talk to us before you spend money on things such as products, labelling, offers, promotions and marketing.

Food standards inspections

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

In an inspection we may check any of the following -

  • additives - for example colours and whether they are legal and above the legal limit
  • food claims - for example claims of low fat, low salt, low calorie and vegetarian
  • contaminants - for example are chemicals and residues present which shouldn’t be
  • descriptions - for example if the ham sold is really ham, or whether cheese used is a cheese substitute
  • composition - for example checking sausages meet minimum meat and maximum fat levels
  • food allergies - checking allergens are correctly labelled

We may take food and ingredient samples for laboratory analyses (to test for things such as composition, additives and nutrition) and check product labels, menus and advertisements.

Where practices or conditions are not satisfactory, we may be able to resolve the matter by providing advice and guidance. As far as the law allows, we will take account of the circumstances of the case and the attitude of the business when considering action unless immediate enforcement action is necessary.

Find out more about enforcement measures

Contact us

Trading Standards Advice
33 Witham
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: public enquiries - 01482 300 300 or business enquiries - 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 572
Email: tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk

We are open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. Please note the trading standards office is not open to the public. If you have an enquiry please make this to trading standards by telephone, text phone, email or post.

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