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The following advice is for food businesses re-opening. By using this information you will be able to protect yourself and your staff from Coronavirus and give customers confidence in your business.

Our Food Safety Officers in Environmental Health are available to talk through your plans and offer free advice before you opening your business call 01395 517456 or email environmentalhealth@eastdevon.gov.uk to be put in touch with your district officer.

Top 5 Food Safety Tips

  • Check your last food hygiene inspection report and finish those legal requirements and recommendations.
  • Check your allergen signs and information for customers.
  • Maintain and clean your equipment including your gas appliances; filters and extraction units and your hot and cold water systems.
  • Dispose of any out of date food or drinks in your fridges and freezers
  • Update and complete the latest edition of Safer Food Better Business Book

The Food Standards Agency provide considerable information on safely running your food business.

Working safely during coronavirus

Like using Safer Food Better Business for managing food safety you will need to put in place practical steps to stop cross contamination of coronavirus between your staff, deliveries and customers. If you employ 5 or more people this must be written down.

There is clear Government guidance on how each industry sector should manage working safely during Coronavirus –Covid 19, and the Health and Safety Executive have also created guidance for thinking about issues for your staff. 

Controlling the spread of the virus

After looking at the advice you can work out what you need to do in your business. A toolkit has been written by Better Business for All. The toolkit is easy to use and practical with checklists and templates for you to follow and complete.

Taking action for customer confidence and to protect staff

Once you have planned the steps that you will take to control the spread of coronavirus in your business you must put them in place. By taking action you will stop the virus spreading and gain customer confidence in your business.

For more information on how to sell products for takeaway or delivery visit the FSA - Distance selling, mail order and delivery.