Guidance for food business operators and enforcement authorities

This guidance is for food businesses of all sizes where both raw food and ready-to-eat foods are handled.

Raw food in this context means raw meat and any raw ingredients that are potential sources of E. coli O157.

Ready-to-eat foods are foods that will not be cooked or reheated before being eaten and include foods such as cooked meats, sandwiches, cheese, salads and desserts.

The guidance and fact sheet are attached along with a series of questions and answers produced by the Food Standards Agency.