Food safety management

Page updated on: 30/01/2024

As well as having to make sure the food you produce is safe to eat, you are legally required to show what you do to make food safely. You should keep written records of this.

Food safety management for businesses | Food Standards Agency

As part of routine inspections, the enforcement officer will check that your business has a suitable HACCP-based (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) food safety management system in place.

HACCP is an internationally recognised system of food safety management. It focuses on identifying the critical points in a process where food safety problems (or hazards) could arise and putting steps in place to prevent things going wrong. This is sometimes called 'controlling hazards'. Keeping records is an essential part of the HACCP systems.

The Food Standards Agency has further information on how to develop a food safety management system.

Safer food, better business advice from Food Standards Agency

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidance from Food Standards Agency