About the Scheme
Eastbourne uses the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to rate the hygiene standards of a food business. The scheme is run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
For more information about the scheme as a whole please visit the FSA website. You can also find a toolkit encouraging businesses to make the most of their food hygiene rating by promoting it.
What happens during an inspection?
Officers may take samples, photographs and inspect records. Our officers may make recommendations for improvement and discuss timescales within which the work must be completed.
If the public are at risk, officers may serve a hygiene emergency prohibition notice to impose prohibitions on the business, processes or equipment. In a serious case, our officers may recommend prosecution.
Frequency of inspections and powers
Officers inspect to ensure that food in Eastbourne is fit and safe to eat. Our officers have a right to enter and inspect food businesses without having to make an appointment or giving advanced notice. Businesses are inspected (or assessed) according to risk on a regular basis.
You can find out more about inspections and your business on the FSA website.
Guidance for businesses
For more information and best practice guides, please download our guides below.
Appeals, right to reply and revisits
In order to ensure that the scheme is fair to businesses, it has been designed to include a number of safeguards. You: