The scheme is designed to give straightforward information about how each food outlet fared at its last food hygiene inspection carried out by its local authority. The inspection outcome applies to a business trading at a particular address, so that a change of business operator at a given address will require a fresh assessment.
Pass A 'Pass' indicates that the business broadly met the legal requirements. These requirements include the conditions found and the management procedures in place for providing safe food.
Improvement Required Where a business has failed to meet these requirements it will be issued with an 'Improvement Required' certificate.
Exempt Premises A very small number of premises may be registered as food businesses in circumstances where it is unlikely that customers will view them as food premises. The assessment for such premises will have concluded that the food safety risk is negligible.
In such cases (and only with the agreement of the business), a certificate will not be issued and the information on the local authority website indicates that the business is currently exempt from the food hygiene information scheme.
Awaiting inspection Where a business has not yet been inspected, it will be issued with a temporary certificate advising consumers of that fact. This will appear as 'Awaiting Inspection' on the website. Premises will also require to be re-inspected where they have changed ownership.
The local authority websites are intended to reflect the situation 'on the ground' so that consumers can use whichever source of information is more convenient.
If you come across any information that does not appear to be correct (eg, a business that has ceased or started trading) then you will find contact details for the local authority on their websites.
The Eat safe award scheme being run in Scotland will continue to offer catering businesses the opportunity to be recognised for achievement of standards beyond compliance.