What We Do
We are responsible for the safety of food, which is imported, produced, sold and consumed within the District of South Staffordshire.
We ensure that food meets appropriate food hygiene standards. We advise and educate food businesses and take enforcement action where appropriate.
These are some of the things we do:
- Risk assessments of all food premises to give them a hazard rating – this determines how often we inspect them
- Food Inspections
- Enforcement when hygiene and standards are not met/maintained
- Inspect and monitor approved premises
- Food sampling to ensure the wholesomeness of food
- Investigate food complaints
We carry out regular checks on all food premises to ensure the public are protected and that high standards are maintained. Inspections take place without prior warning and higher risk premises are visited more frequently than lower risk premises.
During the inspection officers will want to be satisfied that adequate controls are in place to prevent any problems, ensure staff are adequately trained and the condition and cleanliness of the premises meets required standards.
Scores are awarded for food hygiene compliance, structural compliance and confidence in management, premises are not rated against the quality of the food they produce.
For more details view our Food Safety Service Plan.
We need to achieve the above in a way which is responsive to the needs of residents, businesses and visitors to the District (who may be affected by poor food safety) and to provide an effective and efficient enforcement programme to ensure food safety is improved and standards are maintained whilst not imposing undue burdens on businesses.
Food & Safety Team