The Council's Food Safety Service protects the health of West Lancashire's residents and visitors by ensuring that all food which is produced and sold in our area is safe for consumption. This is done through a programme of inspections, in addition to the investigation of complaints and incidences of food or water-borne diseases.
There are over 900 registered food premises in the Borough, which include primary producers, manufacturers, retail and catering premises.
Services we provide
The Commercial Safety section is responsible for providing the following food safety services:
Maintenance of the food premises register
Programmed and reactive inspection of all food premises
Investigation of food complaints and complaints relating to unsatisfactory premises/practices
Advisory visits and provision of information
Food sampling for survey and monitoring purposes
Investigation and control of infectious disease cases and outbreaks relating to food
Responding to food hazard warnings from the Food Standards Agency and notifying them of any serious local food problems
Promotion of food safety through education and promotional events
Input to various licensing services on food safety matters
Issue of Health Certificates - a new certificate costs £110.88 and a variation to an existing certificate costs £27.72
Monitoring of Shellfish beds
Approval of product specific premises
Operating imported food controls
Out of hours contact
Out of hours emergency service is available 24 hour by contacting 01695 577177. An Environmental Health Officer can be contacted through this number in an emergency eg. food poisoning outbreak.