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Food hygiene inspections

Pages in Food hygiene inspections

  1. Food hygiene inspections
  2. Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
  1. Enforcement action and policy
  2. Export health certificates

Enforcement action and policy

Where possible, food safety issues raised by the Inspector are dealt with by writing to the food business operator and providing advice. However, where improvements are not made within a reasonable time, it may be necessary to serve a legal notice to make the business improve.

Where an Officer identifies a serious problem such as a pest infestation, it may be necessary to close the business until the risk to the public has been removed.

In serious cases it may be necessary to take formal enforcement action, including issuing a Simple Caution, or prosecution. This is always considered as a last resort, and the Council’s Enforcement Policy is followed during the decision-making process.

Food and Safety team


Tel: 08085 834333


Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House

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