From January 2011, Salford City Council signed up to the Food Standards Agency's national food hygiene rating scheme.
All food businesses inspected by officers from Environmental Health are given a rating based on their compliance with the legal requirements for hygiene, structural condition and management performance.
Following a food hygiene inspection a business included in the scheme is rated from five for a very good premises through to zero for those premises that need to improve urgently. It is currently voluntary for the businesses to display the rating but gives the consumer an indication of its overall level of food hygiene compliance. As a guide:
All applicable businesses on completion of the food hygiene inspection will receive an inspection summary, window sticker and rating certificate stating the category from zero through to five. Businesses are requested to display their rating and it is valid until their next routine inspection.
The aim of the scheme is to improve food hygiene standards in the city and also to give the public a more informed choice about where to eat based on food safety.
A list of all food businesses registered in Salford, along with their hygiene rating and last inspection date, can be found on the public register page.
There are approximately 2,000 food businesses in Salford that are inspected for food hygiene. An up-to-date list of their ratings following the last inspection can be viewed on the FSA's food hygiene rating scheme website.
The rating is only a reflection of conditions found on the day of the inspection and standards may have gone up or down since that inspection. The rating will be downgraded where standards deteriorate and are not maintained.
If you are not satisfied with the rating you have been awarded you should discuss this, in the first instance, with the Environmental Health Officer who carried out the inspection to understand why the rating was awarded. For your information, the contact details for the Lead Officer are detailed at the top of your inspection report, and provided with the written notification of your food hygiene rating.
If you still think that the rating awarded is unfair or wrong, you should complete the appeal form below. You have 21 days (including weekends and bank holidays) from the date of receipt of the notification letter to lodge an appeal.
The appeal will be submitted to the Lead Officer in Environmental Health. Once the appeal form has been submitted, the Lead Officer will review the inspection findings and the rating awarded. The outcome of the appeal will be communicated back to you within seven days.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal, then you can contact the FSA's Independent Business Appeals Panel to review the decision.
Full details of the appeal process are in the FSA's safeguards for food businesses.
Right to reply
The owner or manager of the business also has a ‘right to reply'. This is different from an appeal. The owner or manager can fill in the right to reply form (see downloads at bottom of this page) to tell the Environmental Health team, how the business has improved hygiene or to say if there were unusual circumstances at the time of the inspection. The form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A business's right to reply will be published online by the local authority with alongside the business's hygiene rating.
Request a revisit
We appreciate that businesses that have received a food hygiene rating may still wish to request a re-rate visit. Unfortunately, at the current time the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have directed Local Authorities not to undertake these revisits as it is not deemed to be essential work.
However you can now APPLY for a re-rate and provide information/evidence of the steps you have taken following the inspection, that warrants a revisit to be made.
If the evidence you provide indicates that the necessary improvements have been made (and you currently have a rating of 0, 1 or 2,) the rating on the website will be updated to show ‘AWAITING INSPECTION’ rather than the rating from the most recent inspection. If you have not provided enough evidence, you will be advised of this and the current rating will be displayed until sufficient information has been submitted.
An officer will attend to inspect your premises when the FSA confirm that the service is able to resume. The website will be updated to show when the service is operational again so please continue to check the website for information relating to this.
You will need to provide details of the steps you have taken to address the points raised in the inspection report, which can be done when you complete the online form. You can also include information to support your request.
There is a charge for this revisit of £170, which is payable when completing the online form. There is now no limit on how many times you can apply and pay for a revisit.
If no visit or work has been undertaken by the officer a full refund will be made, less a £10 administration fee.
If an officer has visited the premises, no refund will be available.
Early publication of rating request
All the food hygiene ratings are published on the Food Standard Agency’s website, 21 days following the inspection. If, as a food business operator, you would like your new rating displayed sooner, then you can request this by completing the early publication of a rating request form (see downloads at bottom of this page). The form should then be e-mailed to email@example.com. You should be aware that if you submit this request you waive your right to an appeal, if you believe the rating to be unfair or wrong.
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This page was last updated on 30 April 2020