To ensure that food sold in the Borough is safe and fit to eat, the Council monitors the safety of food, its hygienic preparation, manufacture and sale by regular inspection and sampling in food premises.
The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
All businesses (except those which are exempt) producing or serving food within the Borough of Brentwood receive a hygiene rating. The scheme is designed to help consumers decide where best to eat according to hygiene conditions and to provide an incentive to businesses to aspire them towards greater standards of hygiene and legal compliance.
Food Hygiene Rating Scheme for premises within the Brentwood area may be found by going to the Food Standards Agency website.
For more information on the scheme follow the links below:
- The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
- Guidance on the National Food Hygiene rating Scheme
- Frequently Asked Questions about the National Scheme
- Businesses Exempt or Excluded From the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
- Your rights under the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme - Advice for Businesses
Food Premises Registration
All food premises must be registered 28 days before food may be prepared or sold. Further information about food premises registration can be found via this link:
Food Hygiene Inspections
A proactive programme of unannounced visits is carried out, including evening visits.
Follow the links below for more information on Food Hygiene Inspections and our food sampling policy.
Food Hygiene Courses
Brentwood Borough Council's Environmental Health Service offers training courses in food hygiene. For more information, including dates of future courses and a booking form, see:
We offer all takeaway food businesses the opportunity of making a Tuck IN pledge to make food better. Tuck IN businesses are given free online nutrition training, dedicated visits and advice by officers, promotion, and a toolkit of information. Tuck IN requires food businesses to consider making simple changes to reduce fat, salt, sugar and consider portion sizes.
To find out more, follow the link:
If you have a complaint about unsatisfactory food (for example, mouldy food bought from a shop, a foreign object found in food, a dirty eating place or suspected food poisoning) we can investigate this. Please let us know by completing our online form