Food safety

Harlow Council is responsible for the enforcement of food hygiene under the Food Safety Act 1990 and associated legislation in all food premises in Harlow.

Food safety service aims

Food safety service are to ensure that food is, or will be, having regard to further processing, safe to eat. To ensure food safety Harlow Council will:

  • maintain an up to date register of all food premises in Harlow
  • inspect all food premises on a risk based, rolling programme in accordance with the current codes of practice and take enforcement action as necessary
  • investigate all complaints about food businesses or food sold within the district, to ascertain the cause of any problem and prevent a recurrence
  • monitor the movement of unfit food into and out of the district and seize, detain and destroy as necessary, any food found upon inspection to be contaminated or unfit
  • carry out food sampling programmes coordinated by Essex Food Group and Regional Bodies
  • approve food businesses whose activities require them to meet additional requirements under European Law
  • provide advice and information to businesses and consumers on food safety issues
  • comment on proposed food legislation, codes of practice and other official documents as necessary and as requested