The team aims to ensure that all food and drink that is produced, stored or sold by food businesses within the City of London is safe to eat.
View the Food Service Enforcement Plan for 2016-2017 (260KB) for the City's Food Safety Team.
The plan sets out the framework for our service delivery. It has been prepared as required by the Food Standard Agency (FSA) and in accordance with their 'Food Law Enforcement Service Planning Guidance'. The plan is approved by our Committee.
The format and content of the plan provide the basis upon which our food safety enforcement service will be monitored and audited by the FSA.
The service is committed to the principles of the Regulators' Compliance Code, a statutory code for all regulators. We have a Policy Statement on Enforcement (200KB) approved by the Port Health and Environmental Services Committee. This sets out our approach to enforcement work in the City.
Our main objectives are to:
Carry out regular inspections of City food businesses at a frequency determined by national risk criteria and local intelligence
Assist businesses in achieving legal compliance and good standards of food safety management through the provision of targeted advice, support and training
Investigate food poisoning outbreaks associated with City food businesses
Investigate serious complaints about food purchased in the City and complaints about City food premises
Undertake an annual food sampling programme in liaison with other local authorities and colleagues in the Health Protection Agency
Take appropriate action in response to 'food alerts' issued by the FSA
Take appropriate enforcement action for failures to meet legal standards.
The City food safety team's office is located at:
78-83 Upper Thames Street
London, EC4R 3TD
020 7332 3630
There is an office reception open from 8am to 6pm each week day. Callers are, however, advised to contact us by telephone or email if they wish to see specific officers as we are often away from the office base.
Field enforcement officers normally work between the hours of 8am to 6pm.
In the event of an 'out of hours' emergency there is a duty officer system. Telephone 020 7332 3630.