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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

West Lancashire Borough Council adopted the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme on 1 June 2011.

The scheme is run by the Council in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (the central Government Department with responsibility for food safety). It will give you information about the hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by one of our food safety officers to check that they are meeting legal requirements on food hygiene. The hygiene rating given reflects what the officer finds at the time. 

The scheme is specifically aimed at premises supplying food directly to consumers, which includes mobile traders, takeaways, pubs, hotels, restaurants, cafes and other places where consumers eat out. However, places where public access is limited, but where food is prepared cooked or handled and served, such as care homes, hospitals, schools and nurseries are also included. Places where people shop for food such as delicatessens, bakeries and supermarkets are also given a rating. Each business is provided with a certificate and window sticker detailing their rating, which they are encouraged to display.

There are two groups of businesses where customers might eat or buy food that are not given a hygiene rating - as they are deemed ‘exempt’. These are:

  • Businesses that are low risk to people’s health in terms of food safety e.g. newsagents; 
  • Childminders and businesses that offer caring services at home.

Exempt businesses are still inspected by the Council, but they are not given a rating.

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