Looking for a Food Hygiene Certificate?
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) is scheme is run by local authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It typically applies to pubs, cafes, hotels, restaurants, takeaways or generally, anywhere food is prepared or handled to be consumed by others.
A Food Safety Officer checks businesses and reviews the following areas to check on food hygiene performance. The areas include:
- Hygienic handling of food – Preparation, cooking of food, cooling and storage.
- Cleanliness and condition of facilities – Cleaning, pest control, maintenance and hand washing facilities.
- How the business in managed – Ensuring systems and checks are in place to manage food safety and the appropriate training has been undertaken.
Once these reviews have taken place the Food Safety Office can then award a Food Hygiene Certificate based on the outcome of the review. The ratings range from 0-5 as follows:
- 0 – Urgent improvement necessary.
- 1 – Major improvement necessary.
- 2 – Improvement necessary.
- 3 – Generally satisfactory.
- 4 – Good.
- 5 – Very good.
This scheme helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by telling them how seriously the business takes their food hygiene standards. Consumers can check the rating of any business easily online before they decide where to spend their money allowing them to make informed decisions on the Food Standards Agency website: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/
This obviously means if your business has less than a 3 rating and you want to take action today to improve this please call us free on 0800 294 8663.
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