The Council carries out regular checks on all food premises to ensure the public is protected and that high standards are maintained.
The Food & Health & Safety Team are operating a food hygiene rating scheme in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. Any business where consumers can eat or buy food, such as restaurants, takeaways,cafes, sandwich shops, pubs, hotels, supermarkets and other retail outlets that sell food are included in the scheme.
All food businesses included in the scheme will be given a hygiene rating following a routine food hygiene inspection. A rating is given for the standards of hygiene found at the time of inspection.
This will cover:
• How hygienically food is handled
• The condition of the structure of the premises
• How food safety is managed and documented, including food hygiene training and awareness.
Following a food hygiene inspection by food safety officers, businesses will be given one of six ratings, from 0 to 5. Bottom of the scale is '0'; this means urgent improvement is required and at the top of the scale is '5'; this means the hygiene standards are very good.
The hygiene rating or inspection result given to a food business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit. The rating is not a guide to food quality.
The Food Hygiene Ratings can be found atfood.gov.uk/ratings.
Visits to premises are carried out, as far as possible, without prior notification and are priority programmed according to the degree of potential risk. This ensures that higher risk premises are visited more frequently than those in lower risk categories.
If you would like to find out more about food hygiene schemes, visit the Food Standards Agency website at:www.food.gov.uk/hygieneratings.
Food and Health and Safety Team,
Public Health and Protection Division,
Dinas Isaf East,
Telephone: 01443 425777
Fax: 01443 425301