How are the ratings worked out?

Local food businesses are regularly inspected to make sure that all food is handled and prepared safely.

After a premises has been inspected, an overall number rating from zero (the worst, 'Urgent improvement needed’) to five (the best, ‘Excellent’) is awarded, based on food safety standards found at the time of the inspection. Three areas are assessed with regard to compliance with food law:

•Food hygiene – this looks at the cleaning and food handling practices of the business.

•Structure and cleanliness – this looks at the repair of the business’ premises, equipment and their cleanliness.

•Confidence in management – this looks at the record-keeping practices of the business and how potential risks to food safety are controlled. It is also influenced by assessment of how confident the inspecting officer is in the business’ management when considering previous inspections and interactions.

The rating does not reflect the quality of food or the standard of service provided to customers, only the safety.

To find the food hygiene ratings for food outlets in the Bath and North East Somerset area, visit the Food Standards Agency’s database and enter the business’ name and/or address. 


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