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Food Hygiene Audits and Certification

Our food hygiene audits include a comprehensive evaluation of a food handling facility’s level of cleanliness, sanitation, and hygiene practices. It involves a thorough inspection of the premises and a review of the organisation’s policies and procedures related to hygiene.

Comprehensive inspection

Comprehensive audit report

Regulatory compliance evaluation

Recommendations for improvement

5-Star rating system with a certificate

Environmental monitoring / surface swabs

What is a Food Hygiene Audit?

A food hygiene audit, also commonly referred to as a hygiene audit, in food-handling establishments is a comprehensive evaluation of a workplace or facility to assess its level of cleanliness, sanitation, and hygiene practices.

It typically involves a thorough inspection of the premises and a review of the organisation’s policies and procedures related to hygiene.

What is the Purpose of a Food Hygiene Audit?

A food hygiene audit aims to identify areas that need improvement, ensure compliance with regulatory standards, and prevent the spread of illness and disease. The audit may cover various topics, such as food safety, water quality, air quality, waste management, and personal hygiene practices.

Overall, a food hygiene audit is an important tool for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and standards.

VIDEO: The vital role of hygiene audits in food-handling environments

Our 5-Star Audit Rating System and Certification

Our distinctive 5-star rating system offers clear benchmarks for hygiene excellence:

A platinum rating means the facility achieved exceptional standards of hygiene and documentation in all areas. The certificate is valid for 24 months. As part of the monitoring process, the facility will be required to submit food safety documentation and two samples for the monitoring of pathogens annually, until the certificate expires.

A gold rating means the facility achieved high standards of hygiene and documentation. The certificate is valid for 18 months. An unannounced (surprise) inspection will take place during the last 6 months before expiry. If the inspection is successful, the facility has the opportunity to be upgraded to a platinum rating.

A silver rating means the facility achieved good hygiene standards. The certificate is valid for 12 months. An unannounced (surprise) inspection will take place during the last 6 months before expiry. If the inspection is successful, the facility has the opportunity to be upgraded to either a gold or platinum rating.

A bronze rating means the facility achieved basic hygiene compliance. The certificate is valid for 6 months.

A 1-star rating means the facility failed to achieve the basic hygiene requirements and extensive Improvement is needed. No certificate will be issued and a re-audit is required.

Critical Failures

The discovery of pathogens triggers an immediate response, emphasizing our commitment to public health and safety. Certificates are suspended until comprehensive corrective actions are implemented and verified.

Hygiene Audit Certificate - Platinum Rating
Hygiene Audit Certificate - Gold Rating
Hygiene Audit Certificate - Silver Rating
Hygiene Audit Certificate - Bronze Rating

Our Hygiene Certification – Your Journey Towards Excellence

Join us in setting a new standard for excellence.

Our Hygiene Audit Services are more than just an evaluation; it’s a stepping stone towards distinguishing your business in the competitive food industry landscape.

By achieving our certification, you demonstrate an unwavering commitment to hygiene and food safety, earning the trust and loyalty of your customers.

From application to post-audit support, our process is designed to guide you towards achieving and maintaining the highest standards of kitchen hygiene.

In case of non-compliance or critical failures, we offer detailed guidance on corrective actions to help you quickly return to compliance.

Benefits of Our Hygiene Certification

Boost Customer Confidence – In a world where cleanliness is paramount, our certification acts as a beacon of trust, drawing in health-conscious patrons.

Proud Display of Excellence – Achieving our certification allows you to visibly demonstrate your commitment to superior hygiene standards, both on-premises and through your digital presence.

Enhanced Visibility – All restaurants achieving our certification will be prominently featured on our website, ensuring that your dedication to excellence is recognised far and wide.

Our Rigorous and Transparent Audit Process – Our audit covers every aspect of kitchen operations, from cleanliness and food handling to employee training and pest control. Our certified auditors conduct thorough evaluations using a blend of observation, interviews, and pathogen testing, ensuring a fair and comprehensive assessment.

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Who Will Benefit From Our Food Hygiene Audits?

Our food hygiene audits are relevant to a wide range of industries:

Food & Beverage Manufacturing & Processing

Food Storage, Distribution & Transportation

Food Services for Events & Catering Services

Food Packaging Manufacturers

Food Importers and Exporters

Healthcare Kitchens and Cafeterias

Home Food Delivery Services

Retailers / Supermarkets

Guesthouses Serving Food

Fast Food Establishments

School / University Cafeterias

Business Cafeterias

Restaurants

Hotels

Wholesalers

What Do We Check During Our Food Hygiene Audits?

Hygiene policies and procedures

Handwashing facilities and if staff is following handwashing protocols

Cleaning and sanitation practices

Food storage and handling practices, including temperature control, date labelling, and storage locations.

Ventilation and air quality controls, including proper exhaust fans and filters.

Staff facilities

Pest control measures

Comprehensive visual inspection identifying problem areas, including hard to reach areas

Personal protective equipment

Record-keeping practices, including logs for cleaning, maintenance, pest control, and food safety inspections.

Waste management practices, including food waste and hazardous materials

Environmental sampling (where required)

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