The food you sell or distribute must be safe to eat. So, you need to make sure that all your staff that are trained to the appropriate level of food hygiene. Go to our training section to find out what training they need and where to get it.
It is illegal to sell food which has passed its use-by date. Supermarkets may be able to donate food which is near to its use-by date – if you take up offer you will have the responsibility to use or retail the food before the use-by date. It is not illegal to re-sell supermarket food.
If you are selling food, your customers need to be sure that they know what food they are buying so that they can make informed choices. So you need to list the ingredients of any the food products that you sell, and anything the food might have come into contact with which could be a risk to people with allergies and intolerances.
Local councils are responsible for enforcing food safety law.
Where to go for information
- Food safety – your responsibilities: this simple guide from the government covers food safety, food hygiene and food inspections
- Food labelling and packaging: this simple guide from the government explains the basics of how the food you sell should be labelled
- Labelling: explains the rules and legal requirements (Food Standards Scotland)
- Food hygiene: a guide for businesses (PDF): information on regulations and good practice (Food Standards Agency 2013)
- Food law inspections and your business (Food Standards Agency)
- Safer food, better business: a series of packs available from the Food Standards Agency to help small businesses put in place food safety management procedures and comply with food hygiene regulations.