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Top Marks in Food Hygiene

Top Marks in Food Hygiene

Posted on: 24/03/2017

With most school hygiene standards slipping, Whitefield has bucked the trend through maintaining and priding ourselves on high standards. A huge congratulations to our Catering Manager and kitchen staff for securing a 5 Food Hygiene Rating from the Food Standards Agency!

How is hygiene rating worked out?

A food safety officer inspects a business to check that it meets the requirements of food hygiene law. The officer is from the local authority where the business is located.

At the inspection, the officer will check:

  • 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 what it does to make sure food is safe and so that the officer can be confident standards will be maintained in the future

Each of these three elements is essential for making sure that food hygiene standards meet requirements and the food served or sold to you is safe to eat.

The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale. At the bottom of the scale is ‘0’ – this means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is ‘5’ – this means the hygiene standards are very good.