EHOs can now charge for food hygiene rating re-scores
Currently, in England, Food Hygiene Ratings can only be reassessed by an Environmental Health Officer after a minimum of three months from the date of the initial inspection. This may now change in some Local Authorities following an amendment to the Brand Standard by the FSA to bring it in line with Wales and Northern Ireland.
This change enables a Local Authority to charge a reassessment fee and to undertake the reassessment as soon as the improvement work has been completed. As the re-inspections must currently take place within three months, the change is hoped to speed up the process and prevent food business from waiting for months for a chance to improve a poor food hygiene rating.
It is not compulsory for Local Authorities to charge for re-inspections and the fee will variable depending on Local Authority costs. A call to your local Environmental Health Department will establish if this service is available and the associated costs.