The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK. The FSA work with businesses in the UK to ensure that the food they sell or produce is safe to eat and work with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations.
Food businesses, unless required to be licensed by other legislation, must notify the local authority if they produce, process and distribute food this includes retail and catering premises as well as staff restaurants. Wholesale markets and other premises used by more than one food business must also be registered.
New premises must notify authorities 28 days prior to opening to allow them the opportunity to inspect the premises and offer advice.