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1. Starting a new food business

If you are starting a new food business, the following information should help to ensure that you meet food safety requirements and have in place all you need to produce safe food.

A food business can be any activity where food is produced, prepared or handled in any quantity.  It includes activities run from business premises, halls and home such as catering and cake making.  Food also includes pre-packed foods, confectionary and alcohol.

Whether you are catering from home, a manufacturer, mobile food van, takeaway or restaurant, the basic requirements and steps are the same:

  1. Registration of your food business.
  2. Meeting food safety regulations.
  3. Written food safety management system.
  4. Food safety training.
  5. Other considerations.