McDonald’s is arguably the most popular fast food chain in the world with thousands of people across the UK including in Galashiels.
But with every restaurant there is a different standard when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene.
And thanks to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), we can see what each of the hygiene ratings are for the different locations.
Inspections are carried out by the local authority and findings are updated on the FSA website each time a new inspection is carried out by the council.
— McDonald’s UK (@McDonaldsUK) February 2, 2022
What do the notes mean:
There are three different classifications in Scotland under the Food Hygiene Information Scheme.
- Pass means that they meet the legal requirements for food hygiene.
- Improvement required means that the business has failed to meet legal requirements and needs to make improvements.
- Exempt Premises means the business has been inspected by a local government food safety officer, has met the pass criteria, but does not meet the criteria to be part of the scheme. These businesses pose a low risk to people’s health in terms of food safety and you might not normally consider them a food business – for example, newsagents, pharmacies or drop-in centers selling boxes of cookies.
A new business or if there is a new owner, will be listed as “Awaiting Inspection” and will not have a food hygiene rating.
How is McDonald’s rated?
Inspectors look at a few different key things when evaluating a restaurant’s hygiene, including:
The degree of hygiene with which food is handled, for example how it is prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored.
Structural condition of buildings – cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.
How the company manages what it does to ensure food is safe and so the agent can be confident that standards will be maintained in the future.
Galashiels McDonald’s Hygiene Ratings:
Last inspection: April 19, 2019