The Hull & Goole Port Health Authority has adopted the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme with effect from 1 April 2017.
The scheme is a Food Standards Agency/Local & Port Health Authority partnership initiative designed to help consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food. It does this by giving them information about the hygiene standards in food outlets at the time they are inspected by our Officers (EHOs) who are specially trained and qualified to assess compliance with legal food safety requirements.
Providing information on hygiene standards gives people a wider basis on which to make a choice. It recognises those businesses with the highest standards and encourages others to improve. The overall aim is to reduce food poisoning which currently affects around 1 million people in the UK per year.
The rating is based on;
- how hygienically the food is handled - safe food preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage
- the condition of the structure of the premises - cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
- how the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe and so that the Officer can be confident standards will be maintained in the future.
The rating is not about the quality of the food or customer service levels.
Restaurants, take-aways, cafes, shops, pubs, hotels, hospitals, schools, some passenger ships and other places people eat away from home, as well as supermarkets and other retail outlets, are given a hygiene rating of between;
0 (urgent improvement necessary)
1 (major improvement necessary)
2 (improvement necessary)
3 (generally satisfactory)
5 (very good).
Businesses are given a window sticker showing their rating and are encouraged to display it. In England, display is currently voluntary.
The Authority's list of Registered Food Businesses with details of their last inspection date and Food Hygiene Rating is available on the FSA website www.food.gov.uk/ratings