Wycombe District Council’s environmental health officers inspect over 900 registered food businesses in the Wycombe district and give them a food hygiene rating.
The rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law and how seriously they’re taking the matter of public safety. The rating, from 0 to 5, takes into account:
- How hygienically food is handled.
- The condition and cleanliness of the buildings.
- What is done to make sure food is safe.
Businesses with a low rating are inspected more frequently than those who have a higher score and training and advice is offered by the environmental health team to help businesses to improve their standards of food safety. In addition, safeguards are in place which not only allow businesses to appeal their rating, but also to request a re-inspection once improvements have been made.
Cllr Jean Teesdale, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: ‘Over 817 food establishments currently have a rating of 3 or better. Take-aways, pubs, cafes and restaurants with ratings of 0 or 1 actually only make up 8.4% of all rated businesses in the district, so finding a safe place to eat shouldn’t be a problem.
Food hygiene ratings help you to make an informed decision about where you might want to eat out. Our environmental health team work very hard to help drive up food safety standards in the district – and when businesses just don’t want to improve, we’ll take action against them to protect public safety.‘
The food hygiene rating scheme is run by Wycombe District Council, in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. For more information, visit www.wycombe.gov.uk and search for ‘food safety‘.
Currently in the Wycombe District :
- 542 businesses currently have a rating of 5
- 170 businesses currently have a rating of 4
- 105 businesses currently have a rating of 3