Commercial Food Safety
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. To register click the link above and download the form at the bottom of that page.
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that is no longer fit for purpose then you will need a food condemnation certificate (for example freezer breakdown, out of date food, damaged stock).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.
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 and your business must already be registered in Birmingham with the food safety team. We will consider your business inspection rating and whether food is produced in compliance with relevant legislation in the UK before issuing a certificate. You will need to complete the form for each consignment for which you require a food export certificate.
Food businesses which manufacture or distribute certain types of meat or milk products may need separate approval, please use contact us.
- 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