To find the Food Hygiene Rating of a specific business in the Bath & North East Somerset Area, please visit the Food Standards Agency's ratings website.

Local food businesses are regularly inspected our Food Safety team, to check that food/drink is handled and prepared safely. Higher risk businesses (i.e. Butchers) will be inspected more often than lower risk businesses (i.e. Cake makers).

After a premises has been inspected, an overall rating from 0 (the worst, 'Urgent improvement needed’) to 5 (the best, ‘Excellent’) is awarded. Ratings are awarded based on the food safety standards found at the time of the inspection.

How are the ratings worked out?

The assessment criteria is broken down into three areas which relate to compliance with food law:

Food hygiene – This assesses the cleaning and food handling practices of the business. Storage conditions (including temperature controls and monitoring) are also considered as part of this criteria. 

Structure and cleanliness – This assessess the repair of the business’ premises and equipment. The overall cleanliness of the premises is also part of this.

Confidence in management – This looks at the record-keeping practices of the business, and how potential risks to food safety in a business are controlled. It is also influenced by the inspecting officer making an assessment of the business’ management practices, which considers previous inspections and interactions witht he business.

The rating is not meant to reflect the quality of food, or the standard of service provided to customers - it is instead an indicator of the safety of the foods served and the business' overall compliance with food safety legislation.

For further information, please visit the Food Standards Agency's information page on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

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