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    Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Food and Drink Outlets Now Able to Request Sooner Food Hygiene Re-inspections

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    The Food Standards Agency’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is very much recognised in the UK, giving information and often determining if you’ll visit one food outlet against another. The scheme rates food hygiene in a number of areas, ranking the outlet from 0-5, 0 being the worst with serious improvement necessary, and 5 being the top-spot with flawless hygiene standards.

    The rankings are awarded after an inspection, which is often carried out without notice. This means the food establishment has no time to prepare or perform a deep clean, making the inspection and results of it, accurate and representative of the general standards.

    Inspections occur routinely, with variation depending on the establishment. They can also occur due to a complaint about the premises. There can be months or even years between inspections, however the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have welcomed a change, in that food and drink outlets are able to request a re-inspection sooner than routine. This means outlets which receive low scores are able to potentially raise their score after making improvements, without waiting months or years.

    Dr Lisa Ackerley, food safety advisor at the BHS says “We welcome the change in policy which should help hundreds of our members and other restaurants…As the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is becoming very popular with consumers to inform choice, the BHA believes it must be fair.”

    The new rules added to the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, as reported by Big Hospitality, require outlets to pay a fee if they request an advanced re-inspection, likely to be immediately The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) warns that fees should be kept voluntary however, and only apply to requested re-inspections.

    ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls says “The introduction of fees for inspections can help streamline the process for businesses, but local authorities must ensure that fees only apply to re-inspections requested by a venue and not routine inspections. As long as these fees remain voluntary then this should be a positive step for closer working between venues and councils.”

    However with the requested re-inspection, the results may not be as valid a representation of standards as outlets expect the inspection, as opposed to the routinely inspections which catch outlets off-guard, where preparation is non-existent.


    Yet these are follow-up inspections to the original, and so provide a legitimate opportunity for companies to make necessary improvements, and boost business when rewarded with a (hopefully) improved score. This new scheme adds fairness to the scheme in allowing the establishments to redeem themselves, instead of being lumbered with a low score for longer than necessary, even after improvements have been made.


    Laura Sewell

    An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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