If you are starting up a new food business or taking one over, you are advised to visit the Food Standards Agency website
Food Standards Agency – Starting Up: Your first steps to running a catering business
Before you start operating your new food business you will need to think about Food Safety Management/HACCP. Under current European Union legislation, food businesses are required to implement and maintain permanent procedures based on HACCP principles. This section explains why it’s important to have in place a food safety management system based on these principles.
How do I document a HACCP / Food Safety Management System?
We provide a number of compliance tools for different types of businesses to help you meet your legal requirements. We can also provide one-to-one assistance in order to fulfil the legal requirements and improve your business’ food safety management. Your HACCP must be kept available for inspection at all times on your premises.
The Food Standards Agency has produced MyHACCP, a free online web tool that guides food businesses through the process of identifying food safety hazards and controls and the production of a documented food safety management system based on HACCP principles. The tool is aimed at small food manufacturing businesses but will be useful to businesses in other sectors.
A guide Safe catering – your guide to making food safely has been developed with help and expertise from the food industry and local authorities. The guide will help you to produce a food safety management plan based on HACCP principles and to keep records appropriate to your business.
Safe catering – your guide to making food safely
When you start your business you will be provided with a Safe Catering folder and a pack of free record books. Additional record books are available from the Food Standards Agency
Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB) helps small businesses with food safety management procedures and food hygiene regulations. In order to help you comply, you can find advice, packs for specific types of food business and other resources to guide you on the Food Standards Agency website.
The Safe Food Handling for Butchers pack has been developed with help and expertise from the food industry and local authorities. This guide will help butcher premises producing raw and ready to eat foods to produce a food safety management plan based on HACCP principles and to keep appropriate records.