Advice for food businesses

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The Food Standards Agency has advised that it is very unlikely that you can catch Coronavirus from food. However, if you are changing how you operate as a food business you should still consider the food safety hazards that might be introduced through this change of operation and ensure you have control measures in place.

All foods must be delivered to consumers in a way that ensures the food is safe to eat. A business will only be able to offer a delivery or takeaway service if they are registered as a food business with a Local Authority. 

You also have a duty to ensure that your staff and customers are protected from the transmission of the virus by ensuring you have effective infection control measures in place inside and outside of your premises.

Guidance on what you must do in the current situation has been issued by the Government and other organisations:

The Government has announced a relaxation of planning rules to assist pubs and restaurants during the pandemic. For the next 12 months, premises who were not previously, will now be able to operate as takeaways providing hot food and drink. Read more about relaxed planning rules.

The business community in Ipswich is also being supported by local organisations. Find out what local business advice and support is available.

If you need further advice on managing your food business during this time please contact the Food Safety Team via email at or via phone on 01473 432000.