Food Inspections and your Business

If you run a business that makes or prepares food, it will be inspected to make sure you are following food law.

The inspectors will be authorised officers from the Stratford-on-Avon District Council Food team. The inspectors will check if your business produces food that is safe to eat. During the inspection they will look at:

  • the foods you make or prepare
  • your food safety management system and how it is implemented
  • the structure and cleanliness of your premises

Frequency of Inspections

There are a number of reasons why an officer will inspect your premises:

  • routine inspection
  • a complaint has been received
  • you have requested a re-visit

How often you are routinely inspected depends on the nature of your business and its previous record. Some businesses may be inspected every six months; others much less often. The inspectors have the right to enter and inspect food premises; they do not have to make an appointment and will usually come without notice.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

If you serve or supply food direct to the public, you may be covered by the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. This means that when your business is inspected, you will be given a hygiene rating from '0' at the bottom to '5' at the top, based on the hygiene standards found at the time.


For further information, please contact the Food & Safety team:

Contact: The Environmental Health team

Last updated on 20/08/2018