Food safety


National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

All food businesses within the scope of the scheme will be inspected by our Environmental Health Officers and given a rating based on their compliance with legal requirements.

Starting a food business

Food premises need to be registered with our Environmental Health Department 28 days before opening.

Approved Food Premises

If you operate food premises you may need to be approved by Trafford Council.

Food Hygiene Training

A range of nationally recognised food hygiene courses are available

Food Enforcement Policy

The Council have a Food Enforcement Policy which builds on the Corporate Enforcement Policy.


Food Labelling and Composition

Food labelling guidance for local businesses.

Food Premises Registration

If you run a food business in Trafford you must be registered with the Council.

Food Safety Complaints

What to do if you need to make a food complaint, a complaint about hygiene or standards in a food business, or you believe you may be suffering from food poisoning after eating out in Trafford.

Food Safety Inspections

Environmental health officers have the right to enter and inspect food premises at all reasonable hours. They do not have to make an appointment and will usually come without notice

Food safety advice

If you have a food business in Trafford, we're now offering you the chance to have an optional advisory visit ahead of an unannounced food hygiene inspection.

Food Safety Management Systems

All food business operators are required to have an appropriate written food safety management system.

Food Poisoning Investigation

Environmental Health Officers and the Health Protection Agency will investigate cases and outbreaks of food borne diseases to try and find the source and prevent further spread within the community.

Food Sampling

Our Environmental Health Team undertake a range of food sampling activities

Distance Selling of Food

The Environmental Health Team also enforce rules governing the sale or advertising of food for sale via a website or email.