Food safety

Food safety inspections

Calderdale Council carries out regular checks on all food premises to ensure the public is protected and that high standards are maintained.

Visits to premises are carried out, as far as possible, without prior notification and are priority programmed according to the degree of potential risk. This ensures that higher risk premises are visited more frequently than those in lower risk categories.  Our Food Service Plan [PDF file 668KB]|PDF file sets out how we plan and follow up visits.

During an inspection, Officers will want to reassure themselves that potential food safety risks have been identified by the business, and that there are adequate controls in place to prevent any problems. They will also look at the training of managers and food handlers to ensure that it is suitable, and they will check that the condition of the premises and equipment is satisfactory.

Where practices or conditions are not satisfactory, every attempt will be made to resolve the situation by informal means, but where poor conditions persist, or where there is a risk to public health it may be necessary to resort to formal action. This could involve either the service of legal notice, prosecution, or in extreme cases closure of the business.

All food businesses must register with the local authority in which they are operating: Food business registration.

National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is linked with most of the councils in England and is run by the Food Standards Agency. The rating system is based on the structure, hygiene practices and management controls within the food business. The ratings go from a hygiene rating of five (excellent) to zero (very poor). Roughly speaking a rating of three may be taken to indicate legal compliance.  Details of the rating criteria can be found in the Guidance on Ratings [PDF file 98KB]|PDF file.

Roughly speaking a rating of three may be taken to indicate legal compliance.

Information on the hygiene rating scheme can be found here More about food hygiene ratings|External link.

Businesses unhappy with their rating may wish to be reassessed. If you can prove that you have undertaken specified works or taken extensive steps to improve your business, you may apply for a reassessment after three months have elapsed from your initial inspection. Officers of this service will then visit your premises within three months of your application. Request for revisit (food hygiene) [PDF file 131KB]|PDF file

Should you wish to appeal against the rating that you have been given you may do so on this form Appeal against food hygiene rating [PDF file 120KB]|PDF file

Results of food safety inspections for a business within Calderdale, and other eateries within West Yorkshire, are published on Food hygiene ratings|External link

Last Updated: 11/11/2016