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About Food Safety

Officers from Basildon Council's Environmental Health Service investigate reports of illness and outbreaks of food poisoning.

Our aim is to prevent and control the spread of infection and protect the safety of food and water supplies in the borough. We provide advice and guidance on good hygiene practices, including the prevention of illness associated with the consumption of unsafe food and enforce public health legislation to protect the health and welfare of people living and working in the Basildon Borough.

Promoting Environmental Health Food Safety You can now download a free copy of our booklet. 56 pages covering the most important aspects of the Food Safety Act 1990, the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 and the Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995 as well as advice on "Hazard Analysis" which is now a requirement for ALL food businesses however large or small.

Downloadable: pdf icon Food Hygiene and Health & Safety for businesses, revised 2006, 56 pages [564kb]


Basildon Borough Council takes part in the Food Standards Agency's Food Hygiene Rating Scheme  .This replaced the earlier "Scores on the Doors" scheme. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme will gradually replace the different schemes currently running across the country and provide consumers with a single, easy to understand system. For further information please see Food Safety - Hygiene Rating Scheme

Whether you own a food business, or are a customer in the Basildon Borough, you should know that Basildon Council's food safety team....

  • are required to register food businesses in the Basildon Borough
  • will inspect all food premises in Basildon according to risk to make sure that they reach certain standards
  • will investigate complaints relating to food purchased in the Basildon Borough
  • will undertake routine sampling of food to identify any problems and take action as necessary
  • will in serious circumstances where food is unfit, make sure it is removed from sale (and destroyed if necessary), and if a food premises is posing a risk to health, take action to close it
  • also offers training for food handlers.

Environmental Health Food Safety - See our  Service Aims

Environmental Health - See our  Enforcement Policy

Contacting Us.

You can report a food problem within the Basildon Borough by using the following link:

Online form - Report bad hygiene / food contamination / illegal foodstuffs

 Alternatively, for information or advice, please contact us, using the details below.

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