The Food Standards Agency is reminding anyone who is considering setting up a stall selling refreshments during the Olympics to plan ahead. To help, the Agency has produced guidance answering the most frequently asked questions.
The stall will need to be registered as a food business and, if it is to be situated on a public road or path, a street trading licence will also need to be obtained from the local authority. Anyone not following these procedures may face tough enforcement action.
Sarah Appleby, Head of Enforcement and Local Authority Delivery at the Food Standards Agency, said: "The Games are likely to bring communities together and create a wonderfully festive atmosphere. They also offer opportunities for the more enterprising among us. But this summer the UK will welcome the world to the Olympics and it is more important than ever that the food being sold is safe."
"I urge anybody who is tempted to sell food or drink to visitors at the Games, to check what the regulations are and to talk to your local authority about licences and registration well in advance."
Information from the Food Standards Agency website.
Read FSA guidance on Ensuring Food Safety during the Olympic Games at: www.food.gov.uk/news/campaigns/olympicfood/
Read answers to Frequently Asked Questions relating to setting up a food stall during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/faq/foodolympics/
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