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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK.

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards works with the FSA to help ensure all food sold in the area is safe, properly labelled and within the law.

During the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, many food business owners are looking to set up home delivery and/or takeaway services. Our Covid-19: food business FAQs cover the frequently asked questions food business owners may have, to help you comply with food safety regulations.

Allergy and intolerance

Our step-by-step Allergens in food guidance provides comprehensive support to help your business comply with the law relating to the control of allergens in food, as well as resources for your documented systems.

Labelling and packaging

GOV.UK provides guidance on food labelling and packaging as well as a guide to giving food information to consumers. This guide contains information about quantitative ingredient declarations (QUID).

Starting a food business

The FSA website can also help you with starting a food business.

All food businesses must be registered with their local district council before they start trading.

If your business involves handling meat, fish, egg or dairy products, you must also be inspected and approved by your local council.

Advice guides

We have a wide range of guides available below covering a host of topics and filled with useful information.

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If you are a business that produces or sells food and you have any questions, please contact us. If you get things wrong you not only risk prosecution but you could be putting public health at risk, so let us help you get it right first time.



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