Food hygiene ratings / Business approval

Meet your legal requirements and satisfy your EHO

Have you been told that your new business needs business approval?
Has your EHO told you to improve your food safety standards including your HACCP plan?
Are you worried that your EHO will visit and find lots of issues?
Do you really want those 5 stars?
Have you outgrown Safer Food Better Business and want a food safety system that is bespoke to your operation?
If you have answered yes to any of these then this support is for you.

Business Approval

If you are handling, preparing or producing products of animal origin (meat, fish, molluscs, milk, egg) it is likely that your business will need to be approved by your Local Authority (LA). If you are pasteurising ice cream, handling raw meat to make your ready meals or, as a wholesaler, just storing raw meat for short periods of time, you may need Business Approval.

In order to gain this approval you will have to provide evidence including your HACCP plan, your product testing schedule and your cleaning schedule to your LA.  The LA will also want to visit your site and observe your operation taking place.

Food Hygiene Ratings

The Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme (FHRS) grades your food handling operation according to its hygiene standards and publicises the results so that consumers can choose the most hygienic places to eat.

If you are a food service business or a retail outlet selling food / drink it is likely that you will undergo a FHRS inspection by your Local Authority. You will be inspected under three headings: food handling (hygiene, temperature controls etc), building structure / fabrication and management commitment.

The results are rated on a scale from 0 stars (requires urgent improvement) to 5 stars (very good).

As a consumer facing business you should not be happy with anything less than a 5 Star Rating.

The Next Step

Safer Food Better Business (SFBB) is great for small food service businesses. You may find, however, that you outgrow SFBB and need a food safety system that is more detailed and bespoke to your operation. Clear Compliance can help you create this more effective food safety system.

Clear Compliance Support:

  • Guidance on what your business needs.
  • Business Approval – creation of documentation / systems to satisfy your LA.
  • Food Hygiene Ratings – a review of your current systems as well as creation of documentation / systems to satisfy your LA and ongoing maintenance and review.
  • The Next Step – creation of a food safety management system that meets your legal requirements as well as the growing needs of your business.
  • HACCP (development, implementation, verification, review and /or maintenance) (Read More)
  • Recall / Traceability Systems
  • Labelling / Shelf life Advice
  • Training in Food Safety, HACCP, Allergens and Labelling (Read More)

Clear Compliance Approach

As an approved member of the IFST Register of Professional Food Auditors and Mentors and an IFST Registered Food Safety Manager Catherine has lots of experience in helping companies achieve Business Approval and 5 Star Food Hygiene Ratings, as well as creating bespoke food safety systems.

Catherine has generic electronic documented systems that meet many of the requirements. During the project Catherine will work closely with you to understand your business, products and process and ensure these documents are modified so they are suitable and practical to use. Catherine will also ensure that you understand the system and can confidently work with it.

Food Safety System – The Next Step:

  • Personalised by You – ***BUY ME***

An off the shelf food safety system designed for caterers / hospitality / food service / retail businesses that have outgrown Safer Food Better Business.

This can be used as the basis for a bespoke food safety system

After a few tweaks to ensure the systems reflects your business your new food safety system can be up and running and providing you with peace of mind.

To purchase a copy contact us