Pubs can now pay for hygiene re-inspections

Posted in Licensing | April 10, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

Local authorities in England can now charge pubs and restaurants for food hygiene rating reinspections in a move which should help to speed up the process.

Food businesses have previously had to wait months, and in some cases years, to be reinspected, but the new move means businesses can now pay local authorities to revisit as soon as improvement work has been done.

A Food Standards Agency (FSA) spokesperson said: “We recently changed our policy to allow local authorities to charge a fee for reinspections requested by food businesses to reassess their Food Hygiene Rating. This is to help local authorities carry out these reinspections in a timely manner. The decision to charge on a cost recovery basis, and the calculation of the costs, is for each local authority. This brings the scheme in England in line with Wales and Northern Ireland where a charge is already made for this service.”

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has been campaigning for the policy change. Dr Lisa Ackerley, food safety advisor at the BHA, said: “The BHA has been campaigning for timely revisits and better consistency of rating and a fairer appeals process. We welcome the change in policy, which should help hundreds of our members and other restaurants. As the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme is becoming very popular with consumers to inform choice the BHA believe it must be fair.”

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