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Safer Food Better Business (SFBB)

All food businesses must have a fully documented food safety management system. This means that you have to decide what it is that you do to produce food that is safe, and have this written down. What's more, your system will have to be based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point principles; and you will be expected to follow it.

Order a Safer Food, Better Business pack

Whilst larger businesses will have these systems in place, many smaller businesses won't. That is why the Food Standards Agency have produced Safer Food Better Business (SFBB).

Order a Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) pack

The SFBB pack contains a series of easy to understand safe methods for cooking, chilling, cleaning, cross contamination and management.

There are:

  • Caterers;
  • Retailers; and
  • Childminders.

The caterers pack is available in three versions:

  • Standard cuisine;
  • Indian cuisine; and
  • Chinese cuisine.

If you are unsure which type of pack would best suit your business, please contact the Health Protection team to discuss before purchase.

Costs - Safer Food, Better Business pack

It is designed to be easily tailored to your business and can be implemented in a relatively short period of time. You can order any of the SFBB packs or diary refill from us, printed and bound, for the following prices (including postage and packing):

  • SFBB pack for caterers £10
  • SFBB pack for retailers £10
  • SFBB pack for childminders £10
  • SFBB residential care home supplement £5
  • SFBB for Indian cuisine £10
  • SFBB for Chinese cuisine £10
  • SFBB Diary refill £10
  • SFBB for Bed & Breakfasts £10

Alternatively they are available on the Food Standards Agency - Safer food, better business (opens new window) website to download for free, except for the B&B pack which is only available on this webpage.

Bed and breakfast packs

Chichester District Council have also added another pack based on the Food Standard Agency's SFBB pack designed for bed and breakfast premises. Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) information pack for bed and breakfast premises (PDF) [1MB]

How do these packs help me comply with the law?

The regulations say that you must be able to show what you do to sell food that is safe to eat and have this written down. This pack helps you do this. This pack is based on the principles of HACCP (hazard analysis critical control point), but you will not find words such as HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) or HAZARD in this pack because we have cut all the jargon.

Who should take charge of the pack?

The person who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business is the best person to complete and implement the pack.  It is a good idea to involve other staff to help the pack work in your business.

Vacuum packing safe method

Food businesses that carry out Vacuum Packing must have documented procedures for dealing with the vacuum packing process; there is also a Vacuum Packing safe method to help implement the necessary controls for the safe use of this process.

Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) - vacuum packing safety methods (Word doc) [144KB]

Since the implementation of the Food Standards Agency, E.coli 0157 Control of cross-contamination (opens new window) businesses must have controls in place to ensure raw and ready to eat foods are adequately separated.

Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB) coaching sessions

If you have any difficulty with completing and implementing the SFBB pack, Chichester District Council can arrange a 2 hour coaching session to help you and your staff understand what is required and how it should be used. The cost £25 per person but we do offer a discount for group bookings. Sessions run for up to 8 people so if there are no immediate courses arranged,  we will add you to the waiting list.

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