Safer Food Better Business

Safer Food Better Business

The Safer Food Better Business pack has been developed to help small catering businesses such as restaurants, cafés and takeaways comply with regulations that applied from 1 January 2006. These new regulations mean that you must be able to show what you do to make food that is safe to eat and have this written down.
The pack is based on the principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) but has been simplified to cut out a lot of the jargon.

Who is the pack for?

It is aimed at small catering businesses, such as restaurants, cafes and takeaways and is provided free of charge.

Benefits of using the pack

Using the pack in your business will help you to:

comply with the new legislation
show what you do to make food safely
train staff
protect your business's reputation
improve your business e.g. by wasting less food

How does the pack work?

The pack is made up of a series of fact sheets based on four key areas :
The caterer works through the fact sheets and selects those that are applicable to them and then adopts or adapts them to their business as necessary.

Do I need to keep lots of daily records?

No, you do not need lots of daily records. When you have worked through and completed all the safe methods, you will have a record of what to do in your food business to make sure that food is safe to eat. You only need to do this once, unless the way you do things changes a lot.

In Safer Food Better Business, filling out the diary is the only daily record. This should take just one minute, unless you have something special to write down.

Who should take charge of the pack?

The owner and manager should work together to make sure that they use the pack effectively.

If you are the owner: you should discuss with your manager (if you have one) how to make the pack work in your business.

If you are the manager: Talk to the owner of the business about the pack. If you are responsible for the day-to-day running of your business, then you are the best person to work through the pack, talking to the kitchen staff.

What other information and advice is available?

You can order a free copy of Safer Food Better Business by telephoning the Food Standards Agency on 020 7276 8829 or visiting the Food Standards Agency website

In addition there are modified packs available:
Safer Food Better Business for Retailers
Safer Food Better Business for different cuisines

Safer Food Better Business in other languages 

Further Information 

For further information please contact the Commercial Services section

Commercial Services Team,
Public Protection Services, 
Barrow Borough Council,
Town Hall,
Duke Street,
LA14 2LD.

Telephone: 01229 876543.