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Food Hygiene Ratings

Torbay’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in Torbay  is designed to help you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, takeaways and other places you eat out at.

The scheme is run by Torbay Councils Environmental health department and is part of a wider national scheme run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

Each business is given hygiene rating of 0 to 5 when it is inspected by environmental health officers from Torbay Council. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

When eating out or shopping for food you might see a sticker in the window or on the door, or a certificate displayed in the premises showing you the hygiene rating for that business. Businesses are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates in their premises in a place where they can be easily seen.

If you are planning to eat out or buy food, you can search the website to see if they have been rated.

www.food.gov.uk/ratings

The scheme is still fairly new so not all businesses in the Torbay area will be rated yet.

More about hygiene ratings

A business can be given one of these ratings:-

6 logos of 0 to 5 ratings

The environmental health officer inspecting the business checks how well the business is meeting the law looking at;-

How hygienically the food is handled – how is it prepared, cooked, reheated etc

The condition of the structure of the business – the cleaning, the layout, the lighting etc

How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

At the end of the inspection the business is given one of the 6 ratings. The top rating of 5 means that the business was found to have VERY GOOD hygiene standards. Any business should be able to achieve this standard, from a small cafe to a large multinational company.

The environmental health officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements are needed and how they can achieve a better rating. The officer will then check to see if the improvements have been made.

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