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Commercial Food Safety
We deal with the following aspects in relation to commercial food safety:
- Food business registration
- Food Condemnation certificate
- Food export certificate
when setting up a food business, there is a large amount of planning to do first. As well as making sure that the food premises are constructed properly, with good design, layout and hygiene.
Staff should be trained and proper systems should be in place to ensure that the food sold is safe and of good quality. All types of food businesses need to be registered with us 28 days before they start operating. Registration is free. If would like to register your food business, please press the online form button 'register your food business'.
Food business which manufacture or distribute certain types of meat or milk products may need separate approval, please use our service specific enquiry environmental health page to make a query which is not covered anywhere else.
If your business has food that is no longer fit for purpose then you will need a food condemnation certificate (for example freezer breakdown, out of date food, damaged stock). A certificate is required for your businesses insurance company. There is charge for obtaining this certificate. Businesses based at Birmingham's wholesale markets can use the compactor on site each week on Tuesdays to dispose of food. In order to get a Food Condemnation Certificate for your business, please press the online form button 'apply for a food condemnation certificate'.
If you have a food business and wish to export food products, you are required by the country of destination to have a food export health certificate issued by the country and by the country of dispatch.There is a chargeable fee for this service, an export certificate will not be provided if your business is not already registered in Birmingham with the food safety team.
Please note: The Food Safety Team will consider your business inspection rating and whether food is produced in compliance with relevant legislation in the UK before issuing a certificate. If you would like to apply for a food export certificate please press the online form button 'apply for a food export certificate'. For further information on what is required to process your application and the processing time, can be found in the FAQ section of this page. You will need to complete the form for each consignment for which you require a food export certificate.
If you wish to pay for this service by card, please have your details to hand. We accept the following:
- Food hygiene ratings - score on the door
- Food Standards Agency
- Health Protection Agency
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Food and Drink Federation
- Food Standards Agency-Safer food better business