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Food safety regulations

Last updated 27 October 2014

The Food Safety Team aims to ensure that all food and drink produced, sold or stored in the borough is safe to consume.

Regulators' code

In delivering our statutory functions of checking and ensuring businesses comply with the relevant legislation; we will act in accordance with the Regulators’ Code and our own enforcement policy. Please click the following link for our service standards.

What we do

  • Provide advice and information on food safety and labelling
  • Carry out food inspections in the borough and take enforcement action where necessary
  • Investigate complaints about food and hygiene standards in food businesses
  • Investigate infectious diseases and serious cases of food poisoning
  • Respond to food alerts about potentially unsafe food, from the Food Standards Agency
  • Carry out programmed food sampling from businesses to ensure the food they provide is safe and correctly labelled
  • Keep a public register of all food businesses in the borough
  • Hold regular food hygiene training courses
  • Issue premises approvals for certain food operations

View the register of food premises in Waltham Forest

Food Law Enforcement Service Plan

Food and agriculture

This Council has the following standards in relation to Food and Animal Health and Agriculture:


We aim to ensure that:

  • Food businesses are registered
  • Food is correctly labelled and described and meets quality standards
  • Manufacturers and retailers of food are regularly inspected
  • Restaurants and other food premises meet strict hygiene standards
  • Food is safe to eat

Animal health and agriculture

We aim to ensure that:

  • disease controls are complied with
  • farm animal welfare standards are met
  • animal feed and fertilisers are of a satisfactory quality and safe for use
  • contingency plans for foot and mouth, rabies, anthrax and other diseases are in place

Further information can be obtained from our food safety officers.

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Contact details

  • Food Safety

    Environmental Health & Trading Standards,
    Sycamore House,
    Forest Road
    E17 4SU
    Phone: 020 8496 3000