Food Safety Management Systems

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Coronavirus Update:

The government has published guidance for food businesses which may continue to open (such as takeaway services and supermarkets).

This includes information on:

  • Maintaining Social Distancing
  • Food Hygiene
  • Managing Employee Sickness

The full guidance can be found on the Government website.

Additional guidance is also provided by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).


It is a legal requirement for all food businesses to have in place a certain amount of food safety paperwork, to prove that food is produced safely.

Different businesses will need a different amount of paperwork, depending on the size of the business, and the type of food that is being produced. For example, a small café will need a different amount of paperwork compared to a food factory.

How can I comply with the law?

You must identify steps in the activities of the business that are critical to ensuring food safety. Having identified those steps, you need to ensure that adequate safety procedures are identified, implemented, maintained and reviewed in order to control potential food hazards.  These controls may include temperature control, cleaning, avoiding cross contamination, thorough cooking of food and personal hygiene, for example.

To help your business comply with this requirement the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has produced a  Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB) pack and diary refills. Printed copies of the packs are no longer available from the FSA but you can download the pack or print your own diary pages from their website. You can also photocopy your own diary pages to make sure you don’t run out.

Ordering a SFBB pack or diary refill from us

To help reduce the costs of printing or photocopying Safer Food Better Business packs and diary refills  you can order pre-printed copies from us directly. These can be ordered online and then posted out to you to use. There is a range of packs available.

SFBB Price List (including postage charge):

  • Catering pack £20
  • Retailers pack £20
  • Chinese cuisine pack £20
  • Indian cuisine pack £20
  • Childminders pack £10
  • Diary refill pack £10

When you submit the form you will be taken to our online payment portal, where you can make payment with a credit or debit card. Once the payment is complete you will return to this form.

Email:  food.safety@northlincs.gov.uk

Tel: 01724 297000


Food and Safety Team
Environmental Health – Commercial
Church Square House
PO Box 42
DN15 6XQ