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Food Safety

Food safety is concerned with advice, inspection, and alerts regarding all aspects of food safety and hygiene. Our officers carry out routine inspections of all food businesses in the District to a programme set by risk assessment to ensure hygienic standards are maintained and food offered for sale is safe to eat.

Officers also carry out investigations and give advice on notifications received about food poisoning, infectious diseases and food complaints. Information on types of food poisonings are below:

Health and safety matters in food premises are carried out as part of a routine inspection programme to protect the health and safety of those in a working environment.

We have a range of enforcement powers available to us under the Food legislation. The service responds to Food Alerts from the Food Standards Agency by taking action to withdraw food products from the food chain or giving advice where there is a risk to health and also provides suitable food hygiene courses in your area.

If you are planning to start a new catering business, including catering businesses run from home, and mobile or temporary premises such as stalls and vans you must register your premises with us at least 28 days before opening.

We also have a selection of guides which you may find of interest:

Food Businesses

Please visit our main food businesses page for more detailed information.

Food Hygiene

All food businesses are subject to a routine food hygiene intervention from a Food Safety Officer. Visits to premises may be carried out without any prior notification and inspections are undertaken at regular intervals, so that premises which present the greatest risks are inspected most frequently.

During an inspection, the officer will need to reassure themselves that all potential food safety risks have been identified by the business, and that adequate controls have been put in place to prevent any problems. They will also look at the training of managers and food handlers and check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory. 

Where conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation, but where poor conditions exist or where there is a risk to public health it may be necessary to resort to formal action.

General information on food hygiene and safety can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

We signed up for this national scheme introduced by the Food Standards Agency in April 2011. You can find food rating information and results for Bolsover District by using the simple search facility. If you need to find out more about the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme please use the Frequently Asked Questions section.

How the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme works

The food hygiene scheme will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, and other places you eat out. Supermarkets and other food shops are also included in the scheme.

Each business is given a 'hygiene rating' when it is inspected by one of our food safety officers. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law. Our food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  • how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of '5' means that the business was found to have 'very good' hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating. Our food safety officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements are needed and how they can achieve the top rating of '5'. We will check that these improvements are made.

When you eat out or shop for food, you might see a sticker in the window or on the door or a certificate on display, showing you the hygiene rating for that business. Businesses are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates at their premises in a place where you can easily see them when you visit. It is not yet mandatory for the business to display the sticker if you cannot see one why not ask what their hygiene rating is!


Do you have a food hygiene rating of 3 or more?

If so you may be eligible to join the “Heart of Derbyshire” scheme. This is a scheme which is operated by Derbyshire County Council together with Bolsover District Council that rewards you for offering your customers ‘healthier’ food.

For information about the scheme please visit the Heart of Derbyshire section of the Derbyshire County Council website or by telephone 01629 536166.

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Food Poisoning

Doctors have a duty to report food poisonings and certain infectious disease cases to the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC). We also have a duty to investigate food poisoning and certain infectious diseases.

Food poisoning occurs after eating or drinking something that is contaminated by germs or sometimes chemicals. Infectious Diseases are very diverse and may not be exclusively spread by a lack of food safety but person to person contact as with Hepatitis A or contaminated environments such as water. Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains and diarrhoea that may come on suddenly (usually within 48 hours) of consuming a contaminated food or drink. 

Depending on the contaminant, this may cause fever, chills, bloody stool and dehydration. These symptoms may affect one person or a group of people who ate the same food causing an outbreak. Even food which looks and tastes alright can cause food poisoning. Raw food, especially meats and raw poultry contain germs which can cause food poisoning.

For further information please contact your GP or NHS Direct.

Food Warnings

Food hazard warnings are issued as foods sometimes have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk.

Please visit the Food Standards Agency website for all the latest recalls and food warnings. 

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