Food safety, what we are responsible for

Food safety is a major part of the environmental health officer's work. Our job is to ensure that food business supply wholesome and safe food produced in a clean, hygienic manner.

The statutory functions of the food safety service undertaken by the environmental health team include the following:

Food hygiene inspections

The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 require that all food on sale is safe to eat and is applicable to all food businesses from manufacturers and distributors to caterers and retail shops.

The council is responsible for enforcement in approximately 2,000 premises and in addition to proactive inspection, we also undertake some other functions in relation to food businesses:

Approval of meat, dairy and fish products plants

The authority is also required to enforce specific hygiene rules for products of animal origin such as meat, milk or fish product premises under the European Regulations 853/2004 and 854/2004. The authority has over a dozen of these premises which require in-depth inspections and detailed record keeping and if you wish to find out more details about these requirements, please email

Food incidents

National food hazard warnings are reported by the Food Standards Agency to be actioned appropriately, in accordance with the authority's documented food hazard warnings procedure. Details of any warnings related to your products can be found by following the above link.

Investigation of food poisoning and related food borne diseases

The section investigates all cases of notifiable food-related including food poisoning outbreaks and infectious disease reported via the appropriate channels, in conjunction with the Health Protection Agency.

Guidance and advice leaflets

Food hygiene leaflets have been prepared for food businesses with a wide range of issues including food poisoning, hygiene and pest control.

For further information, we welcome your suggestions, comments or compliments whether made in person or by filling in a satisfaction survey. You can also request a copy of the latest food hygiene inspection summary report for any of Salford's food premises by completing the form of the food safety request a report page.

This page was last updated on 26 May 2023

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