BARNSLEY Council is supporting a new campaign from the Food Standards Agency and calling for all new food businesses to register.

All food businesses have a legal obligation to register with the council 28 days before opening as it is an offence not to do so.

Whether selling online, through social media sites, trading from physical premises or even selling food from their kitchen, businesses need to register with the correct body.

Without it, food hygiene ratings cannot be given where appropriate and advice cannot be provided.

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “We have seen an increase in people selling food from their homes throughout the pandemic.

“That’s why we’re working with the FSA to support businesses in Barnsley to ensure they are registering and keeping us informed of changes to their businesses.

“Registration is free and can’t be refused.

“If you are already trading and have not registered, you need to register as soon as possible as this is a legal requirement.”