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Retail food businesses in participating council areas can be awarded a certificate and sticker to display after their hygiene and food safety inspection by the local council.

Scores on Doors is for:

  • restaurants
  • takeaways
  • cafes
  • pub bistros
  • bakeries
  • hotels
  • clubs

These NSW food service businesses usually process and sell food that is ready-to-eat, intended for immediate consumption and potentially hazardous. This means it may require special handling to be safe, such as temperature control.

Scores on Doors is not intended for:

  • supermarkets
  • delicatessens or greengrocers
  • low risk food premises or businesses that serve pre-packaged food, such as petrol service stations and convenience stores
  • temporary markets, mobile food vending vehicles
  • retail food businesses which hold a NSW Food Authority licence and are separately audited, such as butchers.

Councils award the scores (star ratings) for businesses in their area. They may have a list of businesses and scores on their council website.

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