Local authorities are required to carry out inspections of food businesses.
These inspections are carried out within Salford by environmental health officers of the Environment and Community Safety directorate and you can view the latest inspection rating for Salford's food businesses via the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) food hygiene rating scheme website.
The primary responsibility for controlling food safety rests with the proprietor of the food business, however, environmental health officers inspect all types of food businesses to:
The objectives of the inspection therefore include:
The local authority are required to keep a record of all food businesses and put together a programme to make sure that all food businesses are inspected on a regular basis.
The frequency of the inspection depends upon a number of factors that look at the risk to consumers. These include:
Once the risk has been determined the food premises are then inspected depending on the category they fall into as set out below:
|Category||Minimum of frequency of inspection|
|A||At least every six months|
|B||At least every year|
|C||At least every 18 months|
|D||At least every two years|
|E||At least every three years|
Food businesses can move between the categories, particularly if conditions improve or deteriorate.
The performance of the service in meeting this has improved steadily over the past few years as shown in the table below:
Performance against local performance indicators
|Year||High risk premises||Low risk premises|
|1998 to 1999||87%||71%|
|1999 to 2000||82%||74%|
|2000 to 2001||97%||95%|
|2001 to 2002||99%||92%|
|2002 to 2003||97%||77%|
|2003 to 2004||79%||49%|
|2004 to 2005||99%||58%|
|2005 to 2006||100%||78%|
|2006 to 2007||99%||78%|
|2007 to 2008||100%||100%|
|2008 to 2009||87%||74%|
|2009 to 2010||100%||100%|
|2010 to 2011||88%||76%|
|2011 to 2012||93%||89%|
|2012 to 2013||100%||100%|
|2013 to 2014||100%||100%|
|2014 to 2015||100%||96%|
Aim: To improve the level of food hygiene across Salford.
How resources are targeted:
The role of the service is to enforce food safety legislation across the city of Salford within approximately 2,000 food premises. This is undertaken by using all the four approaches of the 'enforcement mix':
The outcome measure:
Our performance in this field will be tracked each year through a combination of:
1. The overall risk profile of the food businesses within Salford at 1 April:
|Year||A||B||C||D||E||F||Total inspected||Total premises|
|2011||15||208||937||279||408||Not applicable||1,138||1,899 (including 49 unrated)|
|2012||22||194||971||256||481||Not applicable||1,364||1,973 (including 49 unrated)|
|2013||20||189||889||292||553||Not applicable||1,426||1,974 (including 31 unrated)|
|2014||11||174||890||277||622||Not applicable||1,458||1,992 (including 18 unrated)|
|2015||9||149||542||642||683||Not applicable||1,132||2067 (including 42 unrated)|
Note: from 28 October 2004 Risk Group F merged into Risk Group E and in September 2014 change in risk bands affecting band D and E premises.
2. The number of broadly compliant premises at 1 April:
|Year||Broadly compliant||Percentage||Not compliant||Percentage||Total inspected||Total premises|
See the food hygiene rating pages for information on up to date compliance information for individual premises and their current hygiene rating.
The overall aim will contribute to Salford City Council's pledges and community themes and assist with the FSA's requirements and their strategy of reducing the incidence of foodborne illness by 20% by improving food safety right through the food chain.
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This page was last updated on 17 May 2016