We inspect food businesses in the Borough to ensure that conditions are satisfactory and that food sold to the public is safe and free from contamination.
We provide information to businesses and to members of the public to increase awareness of food safety, investigate reports of food poisoning and notifications of infectious diseases.
Much of our work involves the unannounced inspections of food businesses as well as dealing with complaints. To see how we plan to do this this year please see our service plan (pdf - 232kb).
Food Hygiene Training
The Council no longer runs training courses. Details of training courses local to the area can be found at www.cieh-coursefinder.com.
Catering from Home
An increasing number of people are setting up home catering businesses. To assist with this process we have produced a guide aimed at those who wish to produce small volumes of food commercially. Guide to Catering from Home (pdf - 83kb).
If you have bought or seen food in the Borough that you consider to be contaminated, please contact us so that we can carry out an investigation.
More detailed information on how a food complaint is handled
Complaints concerning the quality, labelling and composition of food are dealt with by Surrey County Council's Trading Standards Department.
Approved Food Premises
If you operate certain types of food premises you may need to be approved by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.
You should contact your Local Authority to see if you require approval for premises including:
- meat processing plants
- meat preparation plants
- minced meat processing operations and mechanically separated meat
- processing plants
- cold stores.
Food Premises Registration
To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on a premises you need to be registered with the Local Authority. Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans. Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by the Local Authority or the Meat Hygiene Service, rather than be registered. If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered, contact your Local Authority.
Epsom & Ewell Council form for registering or informing us of any changes to a food business establishment (pdf - 104 kb)
Apply for registration of a food business establishment including any changes to an existing establishment via the Gov.uk portal
Setting up a New Food Business
This leaflet has been produced for people wanting to setup a new catering business, for example a restaurant, café or takeaway. The leaflet covers the main things to think about when starting a food business.
Setting Up a New Food Business (pdf - 194kb)
Allergy Labelling Legislation
From 13th December 2014 legislation requires food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged, for example in catering outlets, bakeries and sandwich bars. There has been changes to existing legislation on labelling allergenic ingredients in prepacked foods. Guidance has been developed to help businesses meet these requirements.
Allergy Labelling leaflet (pdf - 191kb)
Food and Village Halls Guidance
This leaflet has been devised by the Food Standards Agency to provide guidance on the provision of food in a village hall or other community setting. The guidance should help clarify which food operations carried out in these venues require registration.
Food and Village Halls Guidance (pdf - 350kb)
Guide to Catering from Home (pdf - 83kb)
Summer Eating (pdf - 160kb)
Campylobacter Food Poisoning (pdf - 240b)
Don't Wash Raw Chicken (external site)
Kitchen Check (external site)
Public Registers are available to view on request. An appointment to view can be made between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please contact us to arrange a suitable time.
Telephone: 01372 732000
External information sources
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
Food Standards Agency
Public Health England