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Environmental Health is responsible for undertaking food hygiene and food standards inspections across the full range of commercial premises. This includes:

  • farms
  • factories
  • supermarkets
  • restaurants and takeaways
  • small retail shops
  • burger vans
  • some domestic houses

Legislation and inspections

The main legislation relating to food businesses is the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006. Dependent on the type of food business, the following European Parliament enactments also apply, namely Regulation (EC) 852/2004 and Regulation (EC) 853/2004.  

The inspections are undertaken by fully qualified environmental health and food safety officers and are unannounced in accordance with the Food Law Code of Practice.

The main purpose of an inspection is to ensure compliance with the law and our officers are able to offer guidance and advice to businesses in order to assist with achieving compliance.

How to register your business

All food businesses are required to register with their local authority. Should you wish to register your business with us, please complete our food business registration form or contact us.

Contact Information


Environmental Health - Regulatory Services
Telephone: 01563 576790