Food Hygiene Rating
We joined the national Food Hygiene
Rating Scheme in partnership with the Food Standards Agency in May
2012 and runs along side the ‘Rate My Place’ scheme which is used
across Staffordshire and gives consumers a chance to view the food
hygiene report issued to the business.
The scheme aims to help you choose where
to eat out or shop for food by showing you the hygiene rating
awarded following a food safety inspection.
Hygiene standards in restaurants, cafés,
takeaways, hotels and food shops can be checked online.
Participating food businesses are
encouraged display a valid hygiene rating sticker.
See our Food Hygiene Ratings List
Visit the Rate My Place website
How are ratings worked
Food businesses are regularly inspected to
make sure that all food is handled and prepared safely and that
food businesses are complying with food safety law.
After a premises has been inspected one of the
following ratings is awarded based on food safety standards found
at the time of the inspection.
The food safety officer inspecting the business checks how well
the business is meeting the law by looking at 3 main aspects:
- how hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared,
cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
- the condition of the structure of the buildings - the
cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, etc.
- how the business manages and records what it does to make sure
food is safe
The rating does not reflect
the quality of food or the standard of service provided to
Food business operators are asked to display
their award sticker but this is not currently mandatory.
Who is Included or Excluded in the
Those supplying food directly to consumers for consumption
either on or off the premises, such as:-
- Caterers such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops,
Public Houses (incl Wet Sales), Hotels, Schools, Hospitals and
Residential Care Homes.
- Retailers such as Supermarkets, Bakeries and Delicatessens
- Home Caterers and B&B's - certain
'Sensitive' information will not be made public
Those that do not supply food direct to consumers and
therefore are not scored under the scheme. Such as:
- primary producers,
- manufacturers and packers,
- importers and exporters, distributors,
- wholesalers: and
- other inter-business suppliers and
establishments which are not generally recognised by consumers as
being food businesses, and certain establishments operating from
private addresses (e.g. child-minders) are no longer able to 'opt
in' to the rating scheme.
Mobile Food Businesses:
- Such businesses may be registered in the local authority where
they trade and will most likely be rated by that authority; or
- registered in one authority area but trade in a number of
different areas. In such cases, the local authorities will liaise
with each other to determine who will be responsible for rating
If they wish, a food business operator has the
‘right to reply’ to the rating given. They may also appeal
their score and/or request a revisit to be re-scored.
Food business operators should use the
|Food Rating Appeal Form
|Food Rating Request for Revisit Form
|Food Rating Right to Reply Form
|South Staffordshire Council Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
Policy Document (PDF)
External Link: Food Standards
‘Safeguards for Businesses’ (PDF)
For further information please contact the
Food Safety Team:
Food Safety Team
Tel: 01902 696220