Regulation

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Food Premises

There are over 2,700 food outlets across the Borough, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs, which are regulated by food safety officers from Enfield Council, to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these outlets are inspected and rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of five (‘very good’).

Distribution of Ratings for Food Establishments: 2012

Distribution of ratings for food establishments: 2012
Enlarge the graph showing the Distribution of ratings for food establishments

Source: London Borough of Enfield

Council Officers work with businesses to ensure public safety by:

  • Carrying out regular inspections of food businesses
  • Promoting food safety management systems in food businesses, and providing advice, support and training to food business operators
  • Investigating food poisoning associated with businesses in Enfield
  • Investigating serious food poisoning complaints by consumers in Enfield and complaints about food premises
  • Carrying out a yearly food sampling programme
  • Taking action in response to food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency
  • Taking action when a food business operator fails to comply with the law
  • Carrying out activities to educate food handlers and consumers.

In recognition of the increasing problem with obesity in Enfield, Environmental Health in partnership with the Early Years Team, are implementing the Children’s Food Trust imitative within children’s nurseries. The aim is to sign up 100 nurseries which will be audited on food nutrient and balance diets and portion sizes. The ultimate aim is to teach these children to eat healthily so they grow up with a low salt, low fat, balanced diet.

In addition the food team are working with businesses to introduce the Healthier Catering Commitment (HCC) and the Public Health Responsibility Deal, which encourages customers to make a balanced choice when ordering takeaways or when eating out. The Healthier Catering Commitment for London was launched in 2011 and is a scheme that recognises businesses in London demonstrating a commitment to health improvement, for example, reducing the level of saturated fat and salt, offering healthy options and to make smaller portions on request.

The Council has consulted on the Development Management Document (DMD) as part of the planning policy review and will seek to apply a rationale to control development of fast-food and takeaway outlets. Environmental Health has sought restrictions such as proximity to schools. Further to the initial comments, the DMD went out to public consultation again in May 2013 prior to submission to the planning inspectorate. The proliferation of take away outlets in recent years, frequently selling fried and fatty foods, has increased the availability of such food. Restricting these in close proximity to secondary schools entrances is designed to reduce the opportunities for consumption of such foods, since 400metres is the average distance people will walk to get hot food. Health issues relating to food in the borough are highlighted in the Enfield Food Strategy. The policy is also supported by Enfield's 2011 'Childhood Healthy Weight Strategy' which seeks to 'reduce the number of new takeaways opening in proximity to schools and academies'.

Further information is available from:

The Enfield Food Strategy

The Childhood Healthy Weight Strategy

Smoking

The implementation of NICE guidance at a local level for such services as smoking cessation is well documented in the Enfield Tobacco Control Strategy and demonstrates the co-ordinated effort required by numerous partners, such as Trading Standards, Education, Fire Authority and specialist input of the Stop Smoking Service.

Regulatory Services implement smoke free legislation in food establishments, pubs, clubs and commercial premises. They also enforce many of the regulations that control the retail supply of tobacco products locally though under age test purchasing, illicit tobacco sales, the responsible retailer scheme and various other projects. Enforcement is an example of a key intervention that contributes to tobacco control and Trading Standards Services are responsible for the following:

  • Regulation of the age of sale
  • Regulation of tobacco trading and counterfeit/non-duty paid tobacco products.
  • Regulation of the point of sale for tobacco
  • Regulation of advertising and sponsorship

Trading Standards, or indeed, any enforcement organisation, cannot afford to work in isolation and must endeavour to tackle the subject in conjunction and co-operation with the various partner agencies whose remit also covers wider issues of tobacco control. Important areas of tobacco control covered by other agencies include:

  • Education and awareness raising to increase public knowledge
  • Smoke-free workplaces (including continued work with legislation exemptions)
  • Smoke-free cars and homes
  • Cessation services
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Helping those who cannot stop smoking
  • Protecting children and young people from smoking
  • Preventing people (including children) from taking up smoking

Further information is available from the Tobacco Control Strategy and from the Enfield People Chapter.

Gambling: Gambling Act 2005

A premises licence allows the premises to be used for one or more licensable activities, which are:

  • Bingo
  • Gaming machines
  • Betting

The licensing objectives are:

  • To prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder, or being used to support crime
  • To ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • To protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Further information on this topic is available from:

Enfield Food Strategy

Local Tobacco Control Profiles

Public Health and Alcohol Licensing in England

This page was last updated on 16-Dec-2014.