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Food Hygiene Information Scheme


Food Hygiene Information Scheme

The Food Hygiene Information Scheme effectively "opens the door" to commercial kitchens and other businesses selling food in the Aberdeen area by providing customers with information about how well the premises fared during their last food hygiene inspection. In addition to this a copy of the most recent inspection report can also be viewed. This will help to increase consumer confidence and allow customers to make choices about where they purchase food.

What Information Will I see?

Information will be made available to consumers in two ways:

  • Businesses will be given a certificate which states the outcome of the inspection – and be invited to display this within view of customers, and
  • Details of the inspection outcome will be displayed on the Food Hygiene Information Scheme website (See link below).

What the results mean

The potential inspection outcomes are as follows:

  • PASS
    A "Pass" indicates that the business broadly meets legal requirements relating to food hygiene. These requirements relate to the conditions found as well as the management procedures in place for providing safe food. The display of a "Pass" certificate should provide reassurance that the business met legal requirements at the time of the inspection.

    Where a business has failed to meet the requirements for a "Pass", it will be issued with an "Improvement Required" certificate.

    Where a business has not yet been inspected, it will be issued with a temporary certificate advising consumers of that fact. Premises will also require to be re-inspected where they have changed ownership.

    A number of businesses have achieved excellent food hygiene compliance and have been recognised under the Food Standards Agency’s Eat Safe Award Scheme. Such premises will be identified on the website as holding a "Pass with Eat Safe" (See the link to the Eat Safe Award Scheme below).

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Requests for Re-visits

If a business is awarded an "Improvement Required" rating, a request for a revisit can be made by the business operator. The request should be made to the officer conducting the inspection or by using the contact details provided below. On receipt of such a request, the Council is required by the Scheme to visit within 7 working days. Business operators are advised that any outstanding matters should have been addressed before such a revisit is requested.

Appeals against an officer’s judgement

Where a business operator feels that the officer’s judgement is incorrect in relation to the application of the Scheme, an appeal can be lodged by using the contacts below.


  • Environmental Health and Trading Standards
    Housing and Environment
    Business Hub15
    3rd Floor South
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 523800
    Fax: 01224 523887