Food Safety & Standards
The officers from the Commercial Regulation Team help to ensure
that all food produced and sold within the Borough of
Bedford is safe to eat. Food safety legislation is enforced in
a wide range of businesses, from corner shops and takeaways to
large supermarkets, hotels and manufacturers.
These pages give guidance to food businesses on how to comply
with the law, as well as offering advice and guidance to consumers
who have questions or problems with food issues.
The main areas of activity are:
- Food hygiene and standards inspections / interventions
- Complaints about food and food businesses
- Investigations into possible cases of food poisoning
- Promoting food safety
- Advising businesses and consumers about food issues.
More detailed information can be found on this website by
following the main navigation links on the left hand side menu.
Food Service Plan 2015/16
The Food Service Plan (including Feedstuffs) is renewed annually
and forms part the Council’s policy framework. As a
result where there is a need for any changes within the
plan, approval must be sought from the Executive and Full
The Food Safety Act 1990, Food Safety & Hygiene (England)
Regulations 2013, associated EU regulations and the Food Safety
Code of Practice require all Local Authorities to plan the way they
intend to carry out their statutory functions with regard to food
safety. The Food Service Plan (see link to the plan
below) sets out the scope and demands on the service, the method of
delivering the food service, available resources and the monitoring
processes both internal and external. The Food Service
Plan also forms part of the Council’s statutory return to the Food
Standards Agency (FSA).