We inspect all food businesses that produce, prepare and supply food to the public. We do not have to make appointments to inspect.
Inspections may be planned, as part of the routine inspection programme. They may also be carried out when we visit to investigate a complaint, for example allegations of food poisoning, poor hygiene or food containing foreign material.
We wish to work in partnership with local food businesses to protect the public, and can offer advice and assistance on food safety issues.
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Examples of food businesses that we inspect include:
When we inspect your business, we will be checking that you are complying with food law.
At the time of our visit you can expect us to:
At the conclusion of the inspection, we will leave a handwritten report detailing any works which are necessary.
Our findings at the time of the visit are used to calculate when the next inspection will be undertaken, and provide you with your food hygiene rating.
The frequency of planned inspections depends on the potential risk posed by your type of business, along with the level of hygiene, structure, management control and the previous standards.
Inspection frequencies are generally:
The document below informs you how we enforce food hygiene legislation. It also tells you what to expect from enforcement officers when they visit your business, and what guides them when carrying out inspections and dealing with breaches in the law.
In addition to food hygiene inspections, we carry out a range of sampling of food businesses in New Forest.
Our Food Sampling Policy sets out:
You can download our Food Sampling Policy below.
For further information about food safety inspections, contact us using the details below.
Phone: 023 8028 5411
New Forest District Council