Food Hygiene in Shaldon
Over 200 local authorities throughout the UK have adopted the Food Hygeine scheme which gives assurances to diners that the premises and management are adhering to the highest of standards. Please not it is not however a guide to the excellence or quality ofg the foods or service!
The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority. The Rating Scheme is a Food Standards Agency/local authority partnership scheme whereby the hygiene ratings of food businesses are displayed to the public.
The food hygiene scheme will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, and other places you eat out. Supermarkets and other food shops are also included in the scheme.
The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at a number of different areas:-
1. How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
2. The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
3. How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe
4. At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.
All food business establishments rated are issued with a certificate and a sticker and are encouraged to display this so it is clearly visible to members of the public.
The scheme serves as a good advertisement for those businesses that practice high standards of hygiene.