Food safety officers found almost one in ten Worthing restaurants, cafes and canteens need improvement. Nine percent of the 154 premises rated one on the national food hygiene scale – described as “major improvement necessary.” Seven out of ten are good or very good (score four or five out of five).
Environmental Health Officers base ratings upon standards found on the day of inspection. The hygiene standards found at these inspections are on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means “urgent need necessary”) to a top rating of five (“very good”).
The owners of the business receive a certificate and a sticker to display in public but display is on a voluntary basis only at present.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) made an in depth audit of Worthing Borough Council’s food safety service in February 2010. The FSA made a number of recommendations for improving the service provided and agreed an action plan. A further visit from the FSA signed off the plan to their satisfaction.