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Food safety for business

Food hygiene inspections

Information about food hygiene inspection reports for food businesses.

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How we undertake inspections

Our  team inspects local food businesses regularly. How often each business is inspected is determined by the 'risk rating' given to each premises. If a business is not  up to the legal requirements then inspection frequency is increased or legal action taken to achieve compliance.

Each business is rated on the following:

  • Whether the business manufactures food.
  • Whether raw and ready-to-eat foods are prepared in the same premises.
  • The structure of the premises.
  • The food hygiene and safety controls in place.
  • The number of consumers likely to use the business.
  • Confidence that the management will improve or maintain standards.

Scoring scales

The lower the score the more satisfactory the inspection.

Each food hygiene report is scored using the following sliding scales:

  • Food hygiene and safety procedures: a score of 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25.
  • Premises structure: a score of 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25.
  • Confidence in Management: a score of 0, 5, 10, 20 or 30.

An extra score is added if the business prepares or sells food to large numbers of elderly people, venerable people, young children or babies.

Choosing safer food

Look out for food businesses displaying  the certificate showing how they scored in their most recent food hygiene inspection. The certificates will read 'Pass" or 'Improvement required'. A 'Pass' certificate shows that the business meets legal standards. 'Improvement Required' shows that hygiene standards fall short of the legal standard.

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