Food Hygiene Rating Scheme FHRS and Safer Food For better Business SFBB
Is your Business fully compliant and up to date with the new food standards? If your food outlet, catering business, restaurant, take away or catering business has less than 3-stars then you can say goodbye to online delivery services such as Deliveroo and Just-Eat.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, deliveries boomed some 50% for the online companies, with food businesses of 3-stars and above seeing online delivery growth whilst those food outlets with 2-stars and under saw a decline and some were forced to close.
So it is even more imperative that a food business archive at least a 3-star hygiene rating, especially with the ongoing highs and lows of the Covid-19 pandemic.
What is a Food Safety Management System? HACCP
A food safety management system are practices and procedures put in place to actively control risks and hazards throughout the food process and ensure regulatory compliance. One such system is a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). Sounds complicated right? Actually it is nowhere as complicated as it sounds and thats where the food standards agency (FSA) come in.
What is SFBB?
Introducing Safer Food for better Business. SFBB Pack Safer food, better business (SFBB) management packs are to help small businesses with food safety management procedures and food hygiene regulations. Your business can keep and complete records on a computer, or print them out for filling in.
So what are Food Hygiene Ratings & how they are compiled?
The FOOD HYGIENE SCHEME (Zero star being the bottom and Five stars being the maximum) What is the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS)? The FHRS helps people choose where to eat out, or where to buy food, by providing clear information about the hygiene standards of a business. Checkout the scores of local takeaways
Ratings are typically given to places where food is supplied, sold or consumed, such as: restaurants, pubs and cafes • takeaways, food vans and stalls • canteens and hotels • food shops including supermarkets • schools, hospitals and care homes.
Who carries out the FHRS audits?
Local Authority’s food safety officers (EHOs) carry out inspection audits. If people have concerns regarding food safety or food poisoning, they should inform their local authority environmental health or food safety department.
What is inspected at a FHRS review?
The officer will check:
- How hygienically the food is handled: how it is prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored
- The physical condition of the business: including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest control and other facilities
- How the business manages ways of keeping food safe: looking at processes, training and systems, to ensure good hygiene is maintained.
The officer can then assess the level of confidence in standards being maintained in the future.
What do the FHRS ratings mean?
The rating shows how well the business is doing overall, based on standards found at the time of inspection. The ratings can be found online and on stickers which should be displayed at a business premises.
The reverse of the sticker, and the online rating, will also show the date of the inspection by the local authority’s food safety officer. The scheme gives businesses a rating from 5 to 0, with scores linked to hygiene practices.