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Food hygiene and safety

Food hygiene & safety

Our aim is to provide high quality advice to both consumers and businesses and to ensure that food premises operate within the law and sell food which is safe to eat.

Registration - Food Businesses

The obligation to register and notify changes to the Local Authority lies with the proprietor of the food business.

Online registration of a Food Business Establishment 

Or you can print, complete and post this form registration of a food business establishment to Licensing, London Borough of Sutton 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2JG.

The form can be used for all Local Authority areas as it is standard throughout the country. Further information can be found on Food Standards Agency. You may also need to complete or apply for:

Advice for Consumers

Food Poisoning and infectious diseases, Labelling, advice for when visiting Animal Farms, Food Complaints investigations and Advice and Guidance.

What you need to know about the food hygiene ratings scheme

Good food, good company, good rating? Make sure you check where to eat at the food rating website before deciding.

This image shows an example of the food ratings scheme sticker which should be displayed in each eating establishment

You can also check the ratings sticker when arriving at a restaurant; if it is not visible please ask a member of the restaurant staff.

Animal Feed Legislation and Guidance

Legislation on animal feed is harmonised at European Union (EU) level. It applies principally to feed for farmed livestock, but also covers feed for horses, pets, farmed fish, zoo and circus animals, and creatures living freely in the wild.

Premises that market products (e.g. surplus food) for use as, or in, animal feeds, must be registered as feed business establishments, under EC Regulation 183/2005.

If you would like to make an enquiry about food hygiene, the food ratings scheme or need to report a food poisoning/hygiene issue, please call 020 8770 5000 or email

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