Food Safety and Hygiene Solicitors
Expert hygiene and food safety solicitors Birmingham
Standards in the food industry are high, with tight regulation, regular inspections and strict compliance requirements. If you are dealing with food hygiene inspectors or you are going through legal issues related to safety and hygiene, we can give you the advice you need to ensure you can run your business without further difficulty.
We have experience with a range of businesses in the food and hospitality sector. We understand how crucial it is for you to be able to operate without interruption and we can step in to represent you where necessary to ensure that the matter is dealt with promptly and before the situation deteriorates.
Early intervention is the best way to ensure that your business is not potentially closed down or difficulties publicised. If you ask us to represent you, we can step in at once to assist you in demonstrating that any matters will be resolved without delay.
Our food safety and food hygiene services
We offer a full range of services in respect of food safety and food hygiene, including:
- Advice and representation during food hygiene investigations
- Representation at interviews
- Food hygiene prosecution defence
- Hygiene prohibition notices
- Hygiene emergency orders
- Appeals against food hygiene rating scores
- Product recalls
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) advice
We have a sound understanding of the way food hygiene investigations will be carried out as well as the law that both you and the inspectors need to adhere to. We can ensure that the investigation is compliant and that you receive the help you need to resolve any issues that have arisen.
Food hygiene regulator powers
Food hygiene is largely dealt with by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and local authorities. Both have wide powers to inspect and close businesses and to seize documents, seize goods and take samples.
Food safety and hygiene enforcement
If issues are discovered by inspectors, they can issue enforcement notices requiring improvements to be made. They can also prevent equipment and premises from being used and require the closure of your business.
They have the power to prosecute. Food safety failings can be a criminal offence punishable by an unlimited fine and up to two years in prison.
How we can help you in a food safety inspection or food safety prosecution
If your business is being investigated by food safety officers or you have been notified of action against you, we can represent you to ensure that the investigators do not exceed their authority and that you have a robust defence.
We can work to resolve issues promptly with the aim of avoiding legal action. It may be possible for us to liaise with the local authority to agree alternatives to closure and/or prosecution, such as an agreement to take certain actions, to have regular inspections carried out and/or to undertake staff training.
If you believe that the notices or charges are unfair, we will put together a strong case on your behalf to take to the authorities.
Where your case has been listed for court, we will ensure that you have a strong defence and that steps are taken to avoid the closure of your business wherever possible.
Contact our food safety and hygiene solicitors
If your business is experiencing problems with food safety inspections, we can help to minimise the impact on your organisation and ensure that you have the representation you need.