We work with businesses to reduce the risks to public health from food sold in Lambeth, and we have a programme of regular food safety inspections.

1. Food safety regulations

An estimated five million people suffer from food poisoning in England and Wales each year. Running a food business means that you have a particular responsibility in protecting the health of your customers.

We work with businesses and residents to ensure that the production and sale of food within the borough is safe and complies with legal requirements. We work to improve the health, safety and welfare of the Borough’s residents, visitors and business community by preventing and controlling the risk of infection.

Food Safety Act

The Food Safety Act 1990 made it an offence for anyone to sell or process food for sale which is harmful to health. It also placed an obligation on businesses to ensure that their activities are carried out in a hygienic way.

For more detailed information visit the Food Standards Agency - regulations web page.

2. Food safety management

A risk assessment asks you to think logically about what might go wrong with the food that you sell and what you must do to ensure it is safe for your customers.

Why risk assessments are important

Risk assessments are important for the following reasons:

  • it is a legal requirement for all businesses
  • if your business is taken to court you may be able to demonstrate that you had exercised diligence through arrangements in place to prevent an offence being committed
  • it helps to ensure food is safe for customers to eat.

The health and safety executive have details of how you can carry out a risk assessment.

3. Food inspections

We have a programme of regular inspections covering the 3,022 food businesses in Lambeth to ensure that they achieve high standards in food handling and storage. The inspection programme is centred on the recommended frequency of inspection outlined in the Code of Practice on Food Law Enforcement 2006.

If standards fall below an acceptable level we can take legal action, where necessary.

You can download the Food safety and infectious diseases enforcement policy.

4. Contact the food team

You can contact us by phone or letter at:

Food Team
Consumer Protection and Sustainability
Blue Star House
234 – 244 Stockwell Road
London
SW9 9SP
Telephone: 020 7926 6110
Fax: 020 7926 2357
Email: foodhealthandsafety@lambeth.gov.uk