Environmental health

Food hygiene rating. Helping you choose where to eat out

The work of environmental health officers includes both food safety, and health and safety.

Food safety work involves the routine inspection of food businesses from small retail shops to pubs, restaurants and food manufacturers. We operate the Food Standards Agency's food hygiene rating scheme, a number of Primary Authority partnerships and the Greater Manchester Healthier Catering Award. We also investigate complaints, accidents and food poisoning notifications.

The service is responsible for enforcing food hygiene and health and safety laws in around 4,250 commercial premises within the city. We aim to visit a set number in any one year - some more than once - and, generally, we do not give notice of our intention to inspect.

We enforce a number of acts of Parliament and many sets of regulations. These laws cover such things as:

How do we do this?

We investigate food proprietors and employers, and prosecute those who break the law. Here are some of the things we do on a regular basis to try to prevent people breaking the law:

  • inspect food shops, cafes, restaurants, takeaways and other food outlets
  • check on the safety of food on sale by sampling
  • inspect places of work, such as offices, shops, warehouses and many others

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Who to contact

Environmental Health
Regulatory Services 
Innovation House
Civic Centre,
Chorley Road,
M27 5FJ
Map to this location
0161 925 1097
0161 920 8484

This page was last updated on 12 December 2014

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