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For consumers on the South Australian Food Safety Rating Scheme
The Food Safety Rating Scheme gives you information about how well food businesses comply with food safety standards. The more stars awarded means a higher standard of food safety.
During routine food safety inspections of food businesses, local council Environmental Health Officers calculate a score based on how well the food business meets food safety standards. This score is interpreted into a star rating:
3 stars - good
4 stars - very good
5 stars - excellent
Businesses that score 3, 4 or 5 stars receive a certificate to display proudly to let you know food safety standards have been met. If a score of less than 3 stars is calculated a certificate will not be awarded and the local council will work with the business to improve compliance.
Look out for the star rating certificate at the places you eat.
Certificates can be seen at eateries across South Australia, but participation in the scheme is voluntary for local councils. A business also has the choice on whether or not to display a certificate, so just because a food business does not have a certificate does not mean it is unsafe. Read why a business does not have a certificate (PDF 208KB) for more information.
Currently, 21 local councils are participating in the Food Safety Rating Scheme.
The Food Safety Rating Scheme helps you to make informed choices about where you eat. Businesses that underperform receive education and support to improve food safety compliance.
Read the Food Safety Rating Scheme fact sheet (PDF 587KB) for more information.
Food businesses can learn more about the scheme at Food Safety Rating Scheme - businesses.
The Food Safety Rating Scheme was launched statewide in April 2016. After 2 years of its operation, a formal review of the Scheme was initiated in August 2018. As part of this review process, all stakeholders of the Scheme were consulted via online surveys and face-to-face meetings.
The Food Safety Rating Scheme (FSRS) Review Report 2018-19 (PDF 3MB) indicates that overall compliance of businesses involved in the Scheme had improved since its launch.