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Food and Health & Safety

The Food and Safety Team is part of the Council's Environmental Health Service. We work alongside the Environmental Protection and Licensing Teams from offices in Bridge Buildings, Bideford. We undertake official food safety controls in the District and enforce health & safety in the workplace at certain premises including retail, wholesale and leisure businesses. We are a statutory service and work in close partnership with national enforcement agencies such as the Food Standards Agency, Health & Safety Executive and the Public Health England. Team Members: Julie Mann (Environmental Health Officer), Steve Wells (Environmental Health Officer), Chris Parkhouse - (Health & Safety Specialist), Pat Stark and Heather Grills (Support Assistants).

If you are based in the Torridge District and want to sell or offer food to the public, you need to register with us on the prescribed form, registration is free. Food handlers must have food hygiene training and you need to have documented food safety management procedures. We recommend you download a free copy of 'safer food better business' from the link below. We can post a copy of the pack at a charge of £6.50 which covers administration, printing and postage costs. Contact us on 01237 428809. Once we have received your application for registration an environmental health officer will contact or visit you to discuss your food safety controls and provide advise and support. We recommend you retain a stamped copy of your registration and ensure all the above are in place prior to a food hygiene rating inspection. Please read 'Food Hygiene a Guide for Business' below.

On this site we have included PDF downloads of relevent legisation, up to date amendments can be found at and EU Food Legislation.

Start a new food business?
Food hygiene training
Food Hygiene Guide for Business
Food allergy labelling
Mobile food traders
Food Hygiene Ratings
I would like to apply for a food hygiene rating re-score visit?
Food Hygiene Ratings Video
Safer food better business pack (free)
pdf icon SFBB Training Record Form [144kb]
E.Coli Controls Guidance
Health & Safety Manual (free)
Risk Assessment
Labelling of foods
Mobile food traders
pdf icon Sanitary Provision in Commercial Premises [250kb]
E.Coli VTEC (PHE Guidance and questionnaire)