Tip of the Week

This week’s tip is a reminder of what an Environmental Health Inspector is looking for

Compliance with Food Hygiene and Safety Procedures

  • How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, cooled, stored and what measures are taken to prevent food being contaminated.
  • Are staff washing hands in the designated hand wash sink
  • Is there hand wash soap and blue roll available at the hand wash sink
  • Any potential for cross contamination during food storage or food preparation (do you store and prepare raw foods separately from ready to eat foods)
  • Is a 2 stage cleaning process being used for cleaning worktops, using blue roll and sanitiser (no cloths to be used on worksurfaces during food preparation)
  • Do all staff know the contact time of the kitchen sanitiser – ALL staff need to know this

Compliance with Structural Requirements

  • The condition of the structure of the premises including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, equipment and other facilities.
  • No flaking paint
  • No bare wood or porous unwashable surfaces
  • Kitchen is clean and organised
  • Floor clean and intact
  • Walls are clean and intact
  • Fly screens on opening windows and doors

Confidence in Management

  • Your Food Safety HACCP system. Are you up to date with the latest legislation and best practice?  Is all your paperwork accurate and up to date?  Are you demonstrating that you do what you say you do?
  • Your Food Safety System is Primary Partnership Assured (approved throughout the UK) so it is important to show the Inspector your HACCP Policy at the beginning of your inspection.
  • Your Daily Food Safety Logs/Records – complete these daily
  • Are all staff trained in Level 2 Food Safety with a valid certificate
  • Staff knowledgeable and trained on your HACCP
  • Staff knowledgeable in Allergen Awareness


Be confident

Weekly Food Fact

Rhubarb is in season this month. Did you know that it is not a fruit – it is actually a vegetable. Although Rhubarb stalks are very good for you, the leaves are poisonous.