If you are handling or preparing food at home as a commercial business, you must follow the rules of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.
Before you take on the tasks of a home caterer, you must make sure you have a good knowledge of food hygiene (preferably a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering or equivalent), and the facilities to store, prepare and cook food safely.
- Before preparing any food, you must clean the kitchen or food preparation area and clear it of all unnecessary items
- Work surfaces and cutting boards should be thoroughly washed and disinfected before food preparation begins
- All domestic pets must be kept out of the kitchen while food is being prepared and ideally at all other times too
- No laundry should be undertaken while food is being prepared. Ideally washing machines should be located outside of food preparation rooms
- Laundry that you need for catering, overalls, aprons, tea towels and dishcloths, should be washed separately from domestic laundry
- If you have young children or toddlers, keep them out of the kitchen while you are preparing food for your business
- You should wear clean, washable overalls when preparing food
- Always wash your hands
- Avoid catering if you are unwell, particularly if you have food poisoning or a diarrhoea illness
- No smoking should be allowed in the kitchen
For further information on Food Hygiene Courses or registering a new food business, contact the Environmental Health Team :
- Telephone: 01799 510483
- Email Lesley Johnston