Barnsley Council reminds all food businesses in Barnsley that they must register with them 28 days before opening

We’re supporting a new campaign from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), calling for all new food businesses to register with us.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in food businesses based in people’s homes. Since March 2020, 37 per cent of new food ventures registering through the FSA’s digital service ‘Register a Food Business’, are run from domestic kitchens at private addresses. 

All food businesses have a legal obligation to register with us 28 days before opening, and it’s an offence not to do so. Businesses must register whether selling online, via social media sites, trade from physical customer-facing premises, or simply selling food from a home kitchen.

Without registration, we cannot assess the nature of the business, provide appropriate advice or give Food Hygiene Ratings where appropriate. We can also help home caterers and those who sell online to identify when their hobby may have developed into a food business.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “We have seen an increase in people selling food from their homes throughout the pandemic. That’s why we’re working with the FSA to support businesses in Barnsley to ensure they are registering and keeping us informed of changes to their businesses.

“Registration is free and can’t be refused. If you are already trading and have not registered, you need to register as soon as possible as this is a legal requirement.”

To find out more and register your food business, visit our food registration webpage.

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