Food Control

Food ControlThe overall aim of the food control team is to reduce the risk to consumers by striving to ensure that all food produced, handled, stored, distributed, imported, consumed or sold within the district is fit for human consumption. We endeavour to ensure that all such food and food packaging meet relevant standards for quality, composition and labelling, presentation and advertising and that reputable food businesses are not prejudiced by unfair competition.

Every year, we produce a Food Service Plan setting out our Food Service Delivery priorities for the coming twelve months.

Food control can be broadly divided into two sections:

1. Food Hygiene and Safety – This covers the safety of food for human consumption and hygiene standards within food premises

2. Food Standards – This covers composition, labelling and food allergen control

The Environmental Health Department undertakes a wide range of activities in relation to food control including:-

  • carry out planned food hygiene and food standards inspections and interventions of all food businesses located within the Council area
  • approval of manufacturing premises that handle meat products, dairy products, fish products, and other types of food of animal origin
  • investigate food complaints and complaints about the hygiene of premises
  • investigate cases and outbreaks of food poisoning
  • carry out routine microbiological and compositional sampling of food
  • check food labelling
  • respond to food alerts
  • advise businesses on the layout of food premises, food safety management systems, hygiene standards, food labelling and training
    promote food safety in the home and provide information to the general public, businesses and voluntary organisations on any aspect of food safety, food standards.

You may contact our Food Safety Officers at Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council at:

Armagh Office
The Palace Demesne
BT60 4EL
Tel: (028) 3752 9626
Banbridge Office
The Gate Lodge
Linenhall Street
BT32 3EG
Tel: (028) 4066 0600
Craigavon Office
PO Box 66
Lakeview Road
BT64 1AL
Tel: (028) 3831 2400

Tel: 0300 0300 900

Following food hygiene and food standards inspections, the Environmental Health Department will take various courses of action depending on conditions found and the perceived risk to the public. Such actions include:

  • Verbal and written advice
  • Written warnings
  • Service of Improvement Notices, which requires works to be carried out within a specified time period
  • Service of Emergency Prohibition Notices where there is imminent risk to public health. This effectively closes the premise down.
  • Remedial Action Notices
  • Detention and Seizure
  • Issue Cautions
  • Prosecutions

We have an enforcement policy so that we can deliver an effective and fair service and ensure consistent and open enforcement. Click on the document below to view the Environmental Health Enforcement Policy.
General Enforcement Policy.

Any complaints regarding our service should be made to the relevant office above.