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This section provides advice for new and existing food business owners around how to achieve a high food hygiene rating score following a food hygiene inspection.
We carry out food inspections to ensure local food businesses are compliant with food hygiene laws and producing food that is safe to eat.
To be awarded a 4 or 5 rating you must be able to demonstrate a high level of compliance with food hygiene law.
The level of compliance will be assessed by one of our food safety officers when your business is inspected.
We inspect your level of compliance with food hygiene law around the following areas:
To score highly, you must show that you are complying to food hygiene law within each of the areas inspected.
The following information outlines how you can show compliance in each of the three areas inspected:
You must demonstrate:
You must provide:
Please note: controlling cross contamination risk is crucial to producing safe food. This means you need a kitchen of sufficient size to allow good work flow and separation of clean and dirty areas. Some premises with small or poorly laid out kitchens may need to carry out significant work to be eligible for a 5 score.
You must document that your food is safe by using a food safety management system which:
* For personal hygiene training for staff see food hygiene training.
If you are a small to medium sized business, we recommend documenting your food safety using the Food Standard Agency’s - SFBB food safety management system.
There are a number of different packs for different types of business such as caterers, retailers, residential homes, childminders and some ethnic food businesses.
Please note: we need to see that you are documenting your food safety, so please make sure you are using it, maintaining records and have it available on the premises to show during an inspection.
Below are list of key business benefit for having a high food hygiene rating: