Whether you're setting up a new food business or taking over an existing one, we are here to help you make sure it's safe and complies with the law. We're also here to help your business to encourage healthier eating across Scotland.
At least 28 days before you start trading, you need to:
find out if your business needs to be registered, approved or if exemptions apply
if required, register with the environmental health service at your local authority
Once you have established whether you need to register, or apply for approval, you should work with your local authority to ensure you are able to comply with the legal requirements and prepare safe food.
All food businesses, regardless of size, location or type of food must be aware of the food law that is relevant to their food business. Ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring the food you produce is safe as it is illegal to place unsafe food on the market.
You may wish to consider the following legislation when setting up your business.
Retained Regulation (EC) 178/2002 and the Food Safety Act 1990
Legal requirements covering food safety include ensuring:
food businesses do not include in or remove anything from food, treat food in any way which would harm consumers
food served or sold by businesses is of the nature, substance or quality which consumers would expect.
that food is labelled properly and is not misleading