Big announcement! Uttlesford District Council recently awarded Harwood House a 5
What is a 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating?
The food hygiene rating scheme inspects businesses handling food in order to ensure that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. Businesses are rated on a scale from zero, meaning ‘urgent improvement necessary’, up to five, meaning ‘very good’. While the scheme applies to restaurants, it also includes supermarkets, bakers, butchers, delicatessens and takeaways.
Ratings are based on three criteria:
- food handling
- the condition of the premises including cleanliness, ventilation and layout
- management and documentation of food safety
The Food Standards Agency’s Guide for Businesses lists all the things involved in proper food hygiene. While it isn’t easy to achieve a 5
How to Get a 5-Star Food Hygiene Rating
In a nutshell, follow best practices. In particular, bear in mind the ‘4Cs’:
Along with the Food Standards Agency’s guidelines, there are some key steps to getting a 5
Your storage system must ensure that raw foods and ready-to-eat foods are kept completely separated across your whole premises so as to keep the potential of cross-contamination during storage to an absolute minimum.Key Areas of Focus to Achieve a 5-star Food Hygiene Rating
Proper food storage is key to great food safety. Firstly, always store raw and cooked foods separately. Likewise, to avoid E.coli contamination store washed and unwashed produce separately. Lastly, place containers for dried goods on shelves or in cupboards. Never store containers on the floor.
Moving food from a supplier to your premises or from your kitchen to a venue requires good management to avoid contamination. In particular, protect food-on-the-move from dirt and bacteria. Therefore, make sure to:
- transport in protective packaging
- keep chilled or frozen items at the proper temperature
- separate raw / unwashed food from prepared food
Our breakfasts marry local produce and excellent food hygiene standards
Well-trained staff are key to food hygiene. A focus on food poisoning and safe food-preparation can greatly reduce the risk of contamination. Be sure to address:
- any hazards specific to your business
- food hygiene fundamentals
- workplace safety
- processes and codes of practice
- chemical/COSHH use
- food handling
- working at heights for stepladder use
Moreover, staff training should highlight proper personal hygiene when working with food.
Make sure staff understand the importance of clean and protective clothing. For instance, how to properly cover hair, avoiding watches or other jewellery and the best practices for hand-washing.
A well designed documented food safety management system based on HACCP is a fundamental requirement that will affect your food hygiene rating.Top 5 Tips to Achieve a Food Hygiene Rating of 5
Finally, be sure to keep accurate records. In addition to a clear food safety policy based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), make sure food is properly labelled. In this way, staff have good documentation to use when in doubt. Likewise, documented food safety procedures can be reviewed and refined over
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Enjoying an autumn weekend break in Essex? Flying through Stansted soon? Then, our Stansted B&B is conveniently located in the pretty market town of Great Dunmow. Whether you’re nipping over from London, or flying in from further afield, Harwood House’s central, yet quiet, location gives the perfect balance for travellers. Book online and we’ll take great care of you.