BAY food safety inspectors say they are struggling to cope, with only the highest risk food outlets being targeted.
The food safety team's ability to meet basic requirements are under 'significant strain', according to a council report.
Complaints are going unanswered and many inspections are not being carried out.
Over the past three years the team have lost six full-time staff and have taken on the equivalent of two full-timers from other teams.
It means only critical work is being undertaken.
On April 1 the council had 1,928 registered food businesses. Four were deemed of highest risk, a further 138 high risk with 124 awaiting inspection.
The full council has approved the slimline service delivery plan for this year.
Cllr Robert Excell, lead for community safety, said: "I make no apologies for highlighting this because I am a realist. Members need to understand the situation in the face of further cuts.
"We need to be working differently so we do not fail."
Work which has stopped includes:
No discretionary work is now undertaken.
No low risk inspections are undertaken.
No medium risk inspections are undertaken, except in premises when a statutory requirement or intelligence identifies a need.
Complaints not investigated unless there is serious risk of injury, serious health implications, serious consumer detriment or significant nuisance particularly to the old and vulnerable.
Accidents are not investigated unless there has been a serious injury or a fatality.
Civil complaints are not longer investigated or advice given.
The report by the commercial environmental health team states: "The impact of these resource reductions is the team can no longer meet all of its statutory functions, which could result in intervention particularly by the Food Standards Agency.
"A second significant consequence is there is no longer any resilience left within the team. The impact is if there is any long term sickness or maternity leave, this places significant pressure on the team and as a consequence the remaining statutory functions can not be delivered against targets."
Cllr Steve Darling, leader of the Lib Dems said: "We have to protect our community and food safety is part of that.
"All it would need is one distraction for things to go seriously wrong."
The report says consumers are at increased risk because the statutory minimum in all areas can no longer be achieved.
An action plan was developed after an audit by the Food Standards Agency in November, 2011.
It highlighted a need to quickly inspect the large volume of seasonal businesses and the backlog of medium risk premises which required intervention.
Resources have reduced further since then.