Ryedale District Council


Food business registration

Information and advice regarding the registration of food premises.

Food premises approval is required for businesses which manufacture foods from raw (unprocessed) ingredients such as raw meat, unpasteurised milk and raw fish may require approval, especially if they do not sell them to the final consumer.

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises you need to be registered with the local authority.

The business should be registered at least 28 days before food operations commence. To do this, please complete a Food premises registration form.

It is the duty of the food business operator to ensure that the Council has up to date information of their food business and to notify the Council of any significant changes of activities or closure of the premises. For further information, please submit an Enquiry Form.


Food legislation affecting caterers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers clearly sets out the duty of food businesses to produce food safely and to achieve consistency. The legislation includes most areas of farming, covering the whole food chain from 'farm to fork'.

Food business operators must adopt an approach called HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) within their businesses. This is a straightforward procedure that identifies the critical points where food safety hazards could potentially occur and requires that steps are put in place to prevent these from occurring. It is important appropriate records are kept to prove that the system is working and that food ready for consumption is safe.

The Food Standards Agency has a pack entitled 'Safer Food Better Business'. This is based on a simple fact sheet system that explains how to look for the main food safety hazards in a food business and how they can be controlled. A diary is also provided so that appropriate records can be kept.


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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

Email: Contact the Council

Phone: 01653 600666

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