The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has developed the ‘Here to Help’ guide for small food businesses to make new hygiene processes and requirements easy to follow.

The campaign offers small businesses useful advice on a range of issues such as the provision of allergen information, safe food packaging and takeaway containers and ensuring delivery drivers follow food hygiene rules.

It also highlights the legal obligation for anyone selling, cooking, storing, handling, preparing or distributing food, to register their business with their local authority.

Michael Jackson, head of regulatory compliance at the FSA, said: “Covid-19 has been an extremely challenging time for the food industry, with many businesses changing the way they trade to survive.

“It remains really important for businesses to understand the possibility of additional food safety risks as a result of the changes they have made and the steps they must take to protect their customers. Our Here to Help campaign aims to support businesses in getting this right, to ensure consumers continue to have access to food that is safe.”

The campaign will also be supported by a series of case studies featuring small businesses and sharing industry expertise. It will look at how they have managed the transition to new operating models and the challenges they have come up against.