Food hygiene rating scheme
We have joined the national food hygiene rating scheme which aims to publicise food hygiene information from inspections of all businesses which serve, prepare or sell food within Mid Devon. This includes premises that the public has access to such as cafes, restaurants, clubs, shops, takeaways, nursing/residential homes, canteens and other retail food outlets.
Food businesses are given an easy to understand rating that reflects the conditions found at the premise at the time of the routine food hygiene inspection. Ratings are based on a simple numerical rating and descriptor, with the scores ranging from 0 (urgent improvement necessary), to 5 (very good). Premises will be issued with window stickers and certificates to display on the premises.
Information for members of the public
All food safety hygiene ratings are available to search and view, see the Food Standards Agency - Food Hygiene Ratings webpage.
For frequently asked questions about the food hygiene rating scheme, please see the Food Standards Agency - Food Hygiene Ratings FAQs.
Information for businesses
To try and help businesses achieve a good score, we have produced an inspection checklist. This lists some of the main areas that are likely to be covered in an inspection so you can run through them yourself. Please note that this checklist is not exhaustive and other issues may be considered during the inspection.
Food Hygiene Rating Scheme: Apply for a re-rating
You have a right to apply for a re-rating at any time, provided that you have made the required improvements to resolve the non-compliances identified at the time of inspection. It is important to point out that the inspector will give a ‘new’ food hygiene rating based on the level of compliance that is found at the time of the re-visit. This can mean that the rating could go up, down or remain the same.
To request a re-visit, please download and complete the Request Revisit form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, it can be returned by post to Mid Devon District Council, Public Health Services, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PP. The current fee for a re-visit is £179 and on receipt of your form, a member of the team will contact you to take payment.
As part of your request you should include any supporting evidence that you believe to be relevant, such as photos or additional documentation. If you provide sufficient evidence to show that the required improvements have been made, an officer will make an unannounced visit within three months to carry out the re-rating.