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Food safety inspections

Food safety inspections

We are committed to ensuring that food and drink intended for human consumption is without risk to the health or safety of the consumer.

Our Environmental Health Officers carry out this work inspecting food businesses at regular intervals. Visits are carried out without prior notification where possible, and are priority programmed according to the degree of potential risk. This ensures that higher risk premises are visited more frequently than those in lower risk categories.

During an inspection, Officers want to reassure themselves that potential food safety risks have been identified by the business, and that there are adequate controls in place to prevent any problems. They will also look at the training of managers and food handlers to ensure that it is suitable, and they will check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory.

Where practises or conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means. If poor conditions persist, or there is a risk to public health it may be necessary to resort to formal action. This could involve either the service of legal notice, prosecution, or in extreme cases closure of the business.

Where enforcement action is necessary, officers take appropriate action guided by our Enforcement Policy.
We also deal with food complaints for all food produced locally as well as food produced by national and international companies.

If you have a concern regarding a food business, please email food.healthandsafety@west-lindsey.gov.uk

The Trading Standards department at Lincolnshire County Council deal with labelling and compositional requirements.

You can find more information relating to food safety at the Food Standards Agency website.

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