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Food sampling and inspections

We regularly inspect all the Borough's food businesses, taking samples for examination, and investigating complaints relating to food and food businesses.

How often routine inspections happen depends on the potential risk posed by the type of business and its previous record. Some premises may be inspected every six months, others much less often.

Standards in food premises are dictated by the Food Safety Act 1990 and the various regulations made under the Act. For more information about the Act, visit the Food Standards Agency (external link) website.

What you can expect if we carry out an inspection at your business

Inspectors will make sure they visit you during your opening hours - they don't have to make an appointment and may not give you advance notice

  • They might take samples and photographs, and inspect records
  • They will provide advice on good practice during the inspection
  • We will write to you within 5 working days to confirm the findings of the inspection, including legal requirements, advice on good practice and recommendations
  • We will give you the opportunity to comment on how we provide our service

Who to contact

If you would like further advice, please contact the Commercial Safety Team:
  • Online: Food Safety online form
  • Tel: 01695 577177
  • Write to: Community Services, West Lancashire Borough Council, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 8EE

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Last Updated: 3/5/2012

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West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire L39 2DF
Tel: 01695 577177 | Email: customer.services@westlancs.gov.uk