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The Council is concerned that food sold in the Borough is safe and fit to eat.
Environmental Health staff monitor 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 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 where appropriate.
Follow the links below for more information on Food Hygiene Inspections and the rating system:
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:
From time to time the Council targets particular areas of concern, such as food safety, and runs campaigns to raise public awareness and to assist businesses in meeting their legal obligations.
Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB) is an innovative and practical approach to food safety management. As part of this campaign, Brentwood Borough Council has been awarded funding to offer a series of seminars and one-to-one coaching sessions for local food businesses.
To find out more, follow the links below:
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) the matter can be investigated by Environmental Health staff. Please use the Food Hygiene online form to report an incident of unsatisfactory food.