Food Safety Inspections

EC Regulations, The Food Safety Act 1990 and The Food Hygiene Regulations made under it aim to make sure all food offered to the public is safe to eat.

Commercial Services' Officers have the right to enter and inspect food premises at all reasonable hours. They do not have to make an appointment and they may come without advance notice. They carry out regular inspections and may also visit as a result of a complaint.

How often routine inspections happen depends on the potential risk posed by the type of business and its previous record. Some premises may be inspected every six months, others much less often.
Inspectors will look at the way you operate your business to identify potential hazards and to make sure it complies with the law. They will discuss any problems with you and advise on possible solutions. They also have powers which they can use when they think it necessary to protect the public.

Under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, food businesses will be rated from Zero (current improvement necessary) up to 5 stars (very good) based on their hygiene, structural and confidence in management scores given at the time of their most recent routine food hygiene inspection. Details of current ratings will be available from 8th May 2013 on food.gov.uk/ratings

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Modified: 2013-05-03
Published: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:25:42
Author: Jane Simpson
Editor: Jan.Balfour
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