Food hygiene ratings

What is inspected

The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law on food hygiene by looking at:

  • how hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the buildings, including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, equipment and other facilities
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

The food safety officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business, if there are any improvements needed, what they are and how they can achieve a higher rating.