Environmental health practitioners carry out regular inspections at food premises to ensure that standards of hygiene and food safety are being maintained and that there is no risk to public safety.
Trading Standards Officers may also inspect some food businesses to ensure compliance with other laws such as labelling.
We undertake food hygiene inspections to:
- establish whether food is being handled and produced hygienically
- establish whether food is safe to eat
- identify foreseeable incidences of food poisoning or injury as a consequence of consumption of food.
Food hygiene ratings scheme
After every routine inspection, the premises is given a new risk rating and a food hygiene rating is published on the website.
Premises with a lower rating will be visited more frequently and may be subject to enforcement action in accordance with our enforcement policy.