We carry out food hygiene inspections to ensure local food businesses are compliant with food hygiene laws and producing food that is safe to eat.
We inspect the following types of food businesses:
Our officers may visit on a routine inspection or because of a complaint.
How often we carry out routine inspections depends on the:
Some businesses might be inspected at least every six months, others will be much less often.
Please note: it is an offence to obstruct an officer during an inspection. Obstruction may be physical, not providing information or giving the wrong information.
Our officers will inspect compliance with food hygiene law in the following areas:
After the inspection, you will receive the following:
Depending on the nature of the issues, the following actions may be taken to ensure compliance with food hygiene law:
Please note: the course of action will depend on the circumstances found and past history.
Reference is also made to the environmental health enforcement policy.
If you have carried out all the necessary actions to improve your food hygiene standards identified at the last inspection, you can request a re-inspection.
Re- inspections allow you to request a re-visit to your business to re-inspect food hygiene standards and re-rate your food hygiene score.
For more information see food hygiene rating re-inspection.
You have the right to reply to a food hygiene rating given to your business.
This allows you to explain actions that have been taken to improve your rating that were detailed in your inspection letter or to explain any unusual circumstances at the time of the inspection.
For more information see reply to a food hygiene rating.
You have the right to appeal a food hygiene rating if you feel it does not reflect the food hygiene standards and food safety management controls found at the time of the inspection.
For more information see appeal a food hygiene rating.
To find out how to achieve a high food hygiene rating score see achieving a high food hygiene rating.
Scoring highly can improve reputation, increase customer confidence and attract a higher amount of custom. Businesses with a rating of 3 or above will also be promoted on Preston's official visit website at Preston Guild City - Eat and Drink.