The Checklist for street food inspections
By law, all food businesses must be inspected by their local authority Environmental Health Department. Inspectors will visit the premises and award the business with a rating between 0 (poor) and five (excellent).
As a street food trader, you must aim to get a rating of 5. It makes customers more likely to eat your food, and event organisers will be more likely to book you for work, meaning the better your hygiene score, the bigger your profits.
Inspectors will want to know that your premises (and prep kitchen if you have one) is set up for hygienic food production. They’ll look at your food, your processes, your food safety management system and your risk assessments.
If you’re an NCASS member, you’ll be inspected according to the Primary Authority plan. If you’re not a member, you could undergo inconsistent inspections across local authority borders.
Whether you’re an NCASS member yet or not, use this checklist to prepare for your hygiene inspection and give your street food business a better shot at getting a rating of 5.
Completed, signed & dated food safety management system
A means for drying hands
A food preparation sink
A suitably equipped first aid sink
A probe thermometer
Fire protective equipment - extinguishers / fire blanket
Proof that you've registered your business with the environmental health department
A clean, tidy, safe and easily-cleanable workspace that doesn't provide access to pest or places for bacteria to multiply
Evidence of food segregation i.e raw and cooked foods
Adequate hand washing facilities
Adequate refrigeration for storing high risk products
Appropriate cleaning equipment
A means for disposing waste
A means for temperature control & segregation (if transporting)
Evidence of hygiene training (for you and your staff)
Good personal hygiene (you and your staff)
Protective clothing - heading coverings are advisable through not compulsory