99% of food businesses in Wealden are rated very good, good or satisfactory for hygiene. The percentage nationally is 96%.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of businesses in Wealden have been awarded the top rating of very good.
When food businesses are routinely inspected, they are given a rating between 0 and 5. The better the hygiene standards, the higher the rating.
Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection. This includes:
- handling of food
- how food is stored
- how food is prepared
- cleanliness of facilities
- how food safety is managed
|Rating||Number of Food Businesses||Percentage|
|5 – Very Good||938||73.2%|
|4 – Good||246||19.2%|
|3 – Generally Satisfactory||93||7.3%|
|2 – Improvement Necessary||0|
|1 – Major Improvement Necessary||4||0.3%|
|0 – Urgent Improvement Necessary||0|
In Wealden just four food businesses have a poor hygiene rating.
Councillor Philip Lunn, Cabinet Member for Community and Public Health said:
This is a fantastic achievement for food establishments across Wealden and places the District at the top of the national scale. These scores will ensure public confidence and, in turn, encourage more visitors to enjoy eating out in the area. It is reassuring that food businesses in Wealden have reached such high food hygiene standards.
The aim of the rating scheme is to protect the public by improving hygiene standards and by helping customers make an informed choice when eating out or before ordering a takeaway.
Scores on the Doors
While it is not mandatory for café, restaurants and takeaways to display ratings, they are available for the public to check on the Food Standard Agency’s website.
Ratings of food businesses in Crowborough: Click to check the current rating of food businesses in Crowborough.
Environmental Health which is run as a shared service between Rother and Wealden District Councils. For further advice see the following webpage: Food Safety. You contact Environmental Health by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some businesses don’t have a rating. These ‘exempt’ businesses are inspected by a local authority food safety officer but they are not given a rating. They include childminders and other businesses which care for people in their own home. In addition, businesses that are a low-risk to people’s health that you wouldn’t perhaps normally think of as a food business – for example, newsagents, chemist shops or visitor centres selling tins of biscuits for example.