During the first 6 months of trading and at regular intervals, the business will receive one of the above ratings from your local food inspector. They will assess everywhere food is stored and prepared for safety standards and issue a rating. The business has a short period of time to repeal this rating if the inspector sees that the low standards are due to a momentary lapse in judgement as opposed to a systematic and ongoing lack of care or incompetence.
The ratings are intended for any establishment that serves food meant for the general public, if you;
- Sell food.
- Cook food.
- Store or handle food.
- Prepare food.
- Distribute food.
The sticker is displayed at the discretion of the business, but it is also available online. You can find a business by using an online tool provided by the Food Standards Agency. Of course, a business that practises good food hygiene practices would want to display this badge with pride, others, with lower ratings perhaps, might want to hide it.