A law change last year means food safety rules are tailored to individual businesses, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.Under the Food Act 2014, new food businesses must register when they start trading. Existing food businesses (operating under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974) have been registered in stages since the new laws came in, with a different group registering each year.Among the group that needs to register by 31 March 2018 are:

•cafes and clubs without an alcohol licence
•rest homes
•convenience stores
•some food manufacturers, e.g. makers of fresh pasta, and chilled or frozen meals and desserts.

More business types will need to register by November 2018, including brewers, makers of spreads and preserves, and many other food manufacturers.