Food businesses urged to register with local council

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Local food businesses are being remined that, by law, they are required to register with their local council.

Sharon McQuillan, Senior Environmental Health Officer with Antrim Borough Council, said: “It’s important for food operators to know that it is a legal requirement to register as a food business with your local council 28 days prior to starting any food operations and the onus is on these businesses to register with us.”

Registration is free but failure to register is a criminal offence.

Sharon added: “Registration allows us to inspect your premises and give you advice so that you can provide safe food. What is sometimes misunderstood is that failure to provide safe food may have potentially serious consequences such as long term health effects or even death of the person consuming that food.

“This is why it is so important for food businesses to register with us if they are operating any type of food business.”

Registration allows the Environmental Health team to keep an up-to-date list of all food premises in the area so they can inspect them whenever they need to. Registration is not just for premises that we traditionally recognise as a food business, such as grocery shops and pubs, it also includes internet suppliers, voluntary organisations, transportation and storage companies etc who are not visible food premises on our high streets.

If you want to check if you need to register, please contact any member of the Food Team for advice on 028 9446 3113 or email

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