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National Food Hygiene Ratings

Eating out? Getting food in? Find out if a restaurant, takeaway or food shop you want to visit has good food hygiene standards

We are responsible for inspecting all food establishments within our district, but not all businesses will receive a rating.

The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that all food businesses maintain satisfactory standards of hygiene and cleanliness. During each inspection, the premises are assessed to determine their level of compliance.

The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  • how hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored;
  • the condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities;
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings, 0-5. The top rating of '5' means that the business was found to have 'very good' hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.

The food safety officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements are needed and how they can achieve the top rating of '5'. We will check that these improvements are made.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been designed to make sure that the ratings given to businesses are fair.

You can find out the Food Hygiene ratings for South Holland businesses at the Food Standards Agency website.

Information for businesses  is available on the Food Standards Agency Website regarding appeals, right to reply and requesting a revisit.  You will also receive this information when you receive your rating sticker.  By following the link you can request a revisit to re-assess your Food Hygiene Rating.  A charge of £150.00 will be made for this service.  Payment can be made by cheque payable to South Holland District Council and this will need to be submitted at the time of posting your application.  If you submit your request by email, an officer will contact you to take payment by Debit Card.

You can contact a food safety officer by email at, or by telephone on 01775 761161.

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