Gwynedd Council’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme helps you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you clear information about the businesses’ hygiene standards.

Businesses supplying or serving food direct to consumers such as restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, food vans or stalls, canteens, hotels, supermarkets, schools, hospitals and care homes, are regularly inspected by a team of dedicated food safety officers to ensure hygiene standards are up to scratch.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme helps people choose where to shop for food and where to eat out by giving them clear information about the businesses’ hygiene standards. There are six hygiene ratings ranging from ‘0’ (urgent improvement required) at the bottom to ‘5’ (very good) at the top.

In Gwynedd 98% of businesses inspected received a food hygiene rating of 3 (generally satisfactory) or above under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Businesses are given green and black stickers for display at their premises and all ratings are published online, so people can make more informed choices about where to buy and eat food. The vast majority of food businesses in and around Gwynedd are ranked generally satisfactory, good or very good.

Areas inspected include:

Hygienic food handling
Hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage.

Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building
Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building (including having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control) to enable good food hygiene.

Management of food safety
System or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Deputy Leader who leads on food safety matters said: “We have a dedicated team that work hard to ensure that food is safe in Gwynedd so that residents and visitors can eat out with peace of mind. Research shows that food hygiene when eating out is the main food safety concern so we are really pleased that the vast majority of our local food businesses hold a rating of 3 or above.”

Richard Bowen, Interim Director at the Food Standards Agency in Wales added: “Working in partnership with Gwynedd Council and their expert Environmental Health Officers we are dedicated to ensuring that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest. Our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme empowers the public to make informed decisions about where to buy and eat food, it’s also proved hugely effective in driving up standards in food businesses across the country.”

Food hygiene ratings should be displayed in the window of the premises and they can also be viewed online here:
http://ratings.food.gov.uk/