We carry out regular checks on all food premises to make sure the public is protected, that high standards are maintained and that they are complying with legislation.
Visits to premises are carried out, as far as possible, without notice and are prioritised to ensure that higher risk premises are visited more often than those in lower risk categories.
During an inspection, officers will want to reassure themselves that potential food safety risks have been identified by the business, and that there are adequate controls in place to prevent any problems.
They will also look at the suitability of management and food handler training, and will check that the premises and equipment are in satisfactory condition.
If the standards aren't satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation informally. But where poor conditions persist, or where there's a risk to public health, it may be necessary to resort to formal action. This could involve either the service of legal notice, prosecution, or, in extreme cases, closure of the business.