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Food Management Systems

If you are running a food business already you should have identified what might go wrong with the food and have put in food safety procedures to make sure that the food you sell is safe.

It is based on food safety practices that you should be familiar with.

The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 came into force on 31st December 2013.This new legislation requires the food business to operate a food safety management system which will help provide higher standards of food safety than those currently in place. The main emphasis is on hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP). To summarise, you must be able to show what you do to make the food safe and have it written down.

The Food Standards Agency has developed a pack for small catering businesses and retailers called Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB). It is made up of safe method sheets and a diary. The safe method sheets highlight things that are important to make food safely and asks you to write down how you do things. They also provide advice on what to do when things go wrong. Every day the diary is signed to say that the safe methods have been followed and there is space to note anything different that happens or goes wrong.

The pack is available in 16 different languages, will help food businesses implement and train staff on SFBB. The pack is free to download from the Food Standards Agency however it does run to over 90 pages. 

We are now able to offer good quality printed versions of the Safer food better business pack in colour on 100g bond paper at a price of £20.50 (inclusive of postage, packing, VAT and product handling). Diary refills can be purchased at £18 (inclusive of postage, packing, VAT and product handling) For more information visit our SFBB webpage or call our business support team on 0300 1234 212 (option 2) to order. 

For some larger businesses, more detail may be required than that needed for Safer Food, Better Business. For further information please contact the Business Advice on 0300 1234 212 or email

We have a range of bite-size guides available to purchase, enabling you to get your business idea off the ground. These include: