Top Tips For A Food Hygiene Rating Of 5

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In this blog we will be looking at the Top Five Tips from a Food Hygiene Auditor and Food Inspector to help you with your hygiene rating

Food Hygiene Rating Top Tip No.1

Ensure You’ve Fixed Previous Issues
Make sure that you know what the last EHO inspection report(s) said, and that you have completed everything from your last EHO report. Make sure the same items won’t crop up again, especially legal requirements. The “confidence in management” score which affects your food hygiene rating will be influenced by how you have responded to previous advice given to you by the EHO – they will look at your previous reports/history on file before they come to do your inspection, and will expect their advice to have been actioned.

Food Hygiene Rating Top Tip No.2

Getting Your Staff Trained
Make sure your staff training is up to date, to the correct level, and they are on the ball with key aspects of your HACCP e.g. critical temperatures. Staff meetings are a great opportunity to refresh knowledge. Supervise and observe staff to make sure correct procedures and practices are being followed, and if not take action.

Food Hygiene Rating Top Tip No.3

Pest Control
Pest Control is essential to keep pests out of your premises and prevent them from spreading harmful bacteria.
If pests are found in your business it can lead to a recommendation of a prosecution which could result in the prohibition of a process and/or use of premises or equipment, fines or even imprisonment. You may also be banned from running a food business in the future

Food Hygiene Rating Top Tip No.4

Don’t wait for the EHO to discover an accumulation of dirt hidden away in a neglected corner or under/behind equipment, use a powerful torch to check cleaning in dark, awkward places. Also, make sure any structural or equipment defects are reported and corrected as far as possible. Remember around a third of your food hygiene rating marks are for cleanliness and structure.

Food Hygiene Rating Top Tip No.5

Food Handling practices

  • Ensure staff wash hands after handling raw food and before touching surfaces,
    Such as the cash register to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Ready-to-eat foods need to be prepared in separate clean areas
  • Staff need to be aware of food allergy hazards
  • Having controls in place to prevent contamination by chemicals/foreign bodies for example.
    Glass, packaging materials, flies, rodent droppings, cleaning chemicals etc

Contact Area Pest Control today for advice, service and a solution to your pest problem.

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How quickly will you respond to my problem and how soon can it be treated?

It is our priority to take emergency pest control calls as they come in. We endeavour to speak to you and reply to emails on the same day during our working hours.

Treatment response times can vary depending on the pest, this can often be the same day, whatever the pest problem we are here and ready to help. Call us now.

What does a visit to my premises involve?

Our pest control technician will first survey your premises in an attempt to ascertain pest entry points and the best location to start the treatment,

they will talk you through the process answering any questions you may have.

On completion of the visit, the technician will advise you on preventative measures and recommend proofing works to help prevent a recurrence where possible.

What pests do you treat?

We treat a wide variety of pests from rodents to insects to birds, the more common pests we incur daily are Rats, Mice, Pigeons, Bed bugs and Cockroaches.

Seasonal pests include Squirrels, Glis glis (Edible dormouse) Starlings, Wasps, Cluster Flies, Moths, Spiders, Carpet beetle, Ants and Fleas, this is not an exhaustive list so please call to discuss any pest concerns you have.

We also have a specialist pest control team for removing pests from under solar panels and prevent them from re-entering.

This includes removing Birds, Pigeons, Jackdaws and Squirrels that are nesting under solar panels.

How much are your services?

 The costs vary from pest to pest and location, to give some examples:

Wasp treatments from *£49.99

Rat and Mouse treatments from *£50.00

Ant treatment from *£60.00

For more information on our service and costs call now. 

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