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From 1 July 2021, EHA has officially taken part in the SA Food Safety Rating Scheme (the Scheme) for food service business.

The Scheme also known as ‘scores on doors’, is used as a way of informing customers about the food safety standards. The voluntary scheme has been developed to provide consumers with information about the safety of food service establishments to help them make an informed choice about where they decide to purchase food.


Is my food business eligible to partake in the Scheme?

The voluntary scheme applies to food businesses where the certificate is intended to help consumers choose where they purchase food for immediate consumption such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, delicatessens, takeaways and bakeries (retail only).  

How are ratings calculated?

The rating of the business is calculated using the results of routine food inspections undertaken by our Environmental Health Officers. On completion of the inspection, officers will provide a score that translates into a star rating.

Star ratings

Food businesses that achieve a high level of compliance with the Food Safety Standards at the time of the inspection will be awarded one of the following ratings:

  • 5 stars - Excellent.
  • 4 stars - Very Good.
  • 3 stars - Good.

Businesses which receive a rating of less than three stars will not be awarded a star rating. These businesses will be asked to undertake work to resolve issues and work with us to improve their compliance with the Food Safety Standards.

All relevant food businesses within EHA’s five Constituent Councils are inspected using the star rating system, however participation is voluntary and businesses can choose not to display their food safety rating certificate at their business.

For further information on the Scheme please visit the SA Health website or contact EHA.

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