You need to register your premises if it is used as a food business. This includes businesses that store, handle, manufacture or deliver food.
The information we collect is entered on a public register. The address and type of business are public record. Other information about your business may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
You need to register your business 28 days before you open it. If you have more than one food outlet you need to register all of them. You need to re-register if the business has a new partner or someone else has taken it over.
If you are taking over a new business you need to register the premises again in your name. You must also tell us of any changes including if the owner of the business changes, the address changes or the nature of the business changes.
We run the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme with the Food Standards Agency. The scheme rates places where you eat, supermarkets and food shops.
Find out the rating of any food business in Maidstone by checking our Maidstone Food Hygiene Ratings page.
A Food Safety Officer will inspect a food outlet and give it a rating. They will look at:
A rating of five is very good, working down to a zero which means urgent improvements are needed. If the rating is under five the officer will explain what improvements need to be made.
If you're unhappy with the rating you can:
From 13 December 2014 all food businesses that sell loose and pre-packed food, will need to provide clear labeling and information about food allergens to their customers. For more information about allergens visit the Food Standards Agency's website.
We're pleased to announce that we'll be running the new Chartered of Environmental Health Institute (CIEH) Foundation Food course
For businesses to comply with the law, The Foundation Food Course provides staff with the necessary training to prepare and handle food safely. Courses are held at Maidstone House in Maidstone. Tutors are experienced staff working in and with The Midkent Food & Safety Team.
Please note that there are other training organisations that offer the CIEH Foundation in Food course and/or Health and Safety courses. This doesn't mean that we can recommend any particular organisation and can't be held responsible for the accuracy of information or content of courses that organisations offer.
You can report a food premises if you think it isn't following hygiene rules by calling 01622 602205.
We'll investigate your complaint as quickly as we can and contact will you within 5 working days. Some complaints can take up to 30 days, however we'll keep you updated every step of the way.
If you have a complaint about food you've purchased in Maidstone, that had foreign bodies in it or caused you some illness, bring it to the Maidstone Link on King Street. Try to keep the packaging it came in, your receipt and keep it in a fridge/freezer.
If you think you have food poisoning contact your doctor. They will then contact us or the local authority of the premises if there is a confirmed or suspected case of food poisoning.
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