Local authorities are required by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to carry out regular inspections of food businesses within their area.
In Salford, these inspections are carried out by environmental health officers in the Place directorate. Following every inspection, the environmental health officer will score the food business and issue them with a food hygiene rating from five (very good) to zero (urgent improvement necessary). Food businesses are encouraged to display the rating but you can view the latest rating for Salford's food businesses via the FSA's food hygiene rating scheme website.
Currently in Salford (April 2019), the majority of food businesses in Salford have a good or very good rating.
|Food hygiene ratings for Salford's food businesses|
|0 to 2||3||4 and 5|
|Poor||Satisfactory||Good to Very Good|
The responsibility for controlling food safety rests with the owner of the food business, however, environmental health officers inspect all types of food businesses to:
The objectives of the inspection therefore include:
The council is required to keep a record of all food businesses in Salford and put together a programme to make sure that all food businesses are inspected on a regular basis, as detailed in the Food Service Plan below.
The frequency of the inspection depends upon a number of factors that look at the risk to consumers. These include:
And takes into account:
The frequency that food businesses are inspected is dependent on which risk category they fall into as set out below:
|Category||Minimum inspection frequency||Level of risk|
|A||At least every six months||High risk premises|
|B||At least every year|
|C||At least every 18 months|
|D||At least every two years||Low risk premises|
|E||At least every three years|
Food businesses can move between the categories, as conditions improve or deteriorate. Those high risk, non-compliant premises are inspected more frequently than low risk, compliant ones. This enables us to target our resources more effectively and ensure standards are improved in under performing businesses to protect public safety.
Food businesses in risk category of ‘E’ can now complete a self-assessment questionnaire online, on receipt of a letter from us. If you have received a letter, you can complete the self-assessment via the button below.
From the table below you can see how well we are performing in meeting our inspection targets. Over the last few years, the performance of the service inspecting businesses when they are due for inspection has improved and since 2012 we have inspected 100% of high risk food businesses.
Performance against local performance indicators
|Year||High risk premises||Low risk premises|
|2011 to 2012||93%||89%|
|2012 to 2013||100%||100%|
|2013 to 2014||100%||100%|
|2014 to 2015||100%||96%|
|2015 to 2016||100%||98%|
|2016 to 2017||100%||89%|
|2017 to 2018||100%||82%|
|2018 to 2019||100%||35%|
Our aim is to improve the level of food hygiene across Salford.
The role of the service is to enforce food safety legislation within approximately 2,200 food premises in Salford and use all 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||Total inspected||Total premises|
|2011||15||208||937||279||408||1,138||1,899 (including 49 unrated)|
|2012||22||194||971||256||481||1,364||1,973 (including 49 unrated)|
|2013||20||189||889||292||553||1,426||1,974 (including 31 unrated)|
|2014||11||174||890||277||622||1,458||1,992 (including 18 unrated)|
|2015||9||149||542||642||683||1,132||2,067 (including 42 unrated)|
|2016||3||95||533||682||726||1,413||2,125 (including 86 unrated)|
|2017||9||97||518||673||754||1,279||2,127 (including 76 unrated)|
|2018||3||115||469||715||829||1.388||2,172 (including 51 unrated)|
|2019||0||126||897||314||860||913||2,240 (including 43 unrated)|
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 10 October 2019