Environmental Health

Food Hygiene Information Scheme

South Ayrshire consumers can now see how well food businesses in their area have fared in their last food hygiene inspection.

The Food Hygiene Information Scheme effectively 'opens the door' to the kitchen and/or food areas. This will increase consumer confidence and help people make informed choices about where they eat or buy their food.

To access this information select one of the query options displayed to the left. You can also search from a map by selecting the Map link also found to the left. You can also view information and guidance on how this scheme works.

Please note that by using this application you agree with and accept the following disclaimer.

Information will be posted within 14 days of a visit to a food business and whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information on this site is accurate and up-to-date South Ayrshire Council does not accept responsibility for any omissions or errors.

What information will I see?

The scheme is designed to give straightforward information about how each food outlet fared at its last food hygiene inspection.

  • 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. A 'Pass' certificate should provide reassurance that the establishment meets legal requirements at the time of inspection and the certificate should be prominently displayed by the business.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Under Review Every business has the right of review within 7 days of inspection therefore during this period no decision will be published

Where the last full food hygiene inspection resulted in the business being classed ‘Improvement Required’ the inspecting officers report will also be available. This will show the food hygiene issues found during the inspection that require attention before the business would be classed a ‘Pass’. The report will remain available until the next full food hygiene inspection is completed.

The Eat safe award scheme will continue to offer catering businesses the opportunity to be recognised for achievement of standards beyond compliance.

The Food Standards Agency host hygiene ratings for the whole of the United Kingdom on behalf of local authorities. You can view the status of food businesses outside of South Ayrshire from their website.

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