The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a national scheme which gives food businesses a hygiene rating based upon conditions found at the time of a food hygiene inspection.
You can use it to help you choose where to eat out or shop for food.
Local Authority Environmental Health Departments, in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
All food businesses e.g. restaurants, takeaways, cafes, sandwich shops, food retailers, supermarkets etc.
Businesses are rated as part of a programmed food hygiene inspection. The frequency of inspection varies dependant upon the risk associated with a business.
All businesses are risk rated as part of their programmed food hygiene inspection. Three aspects of this rating give the food hygiene rating of a business. These are: hygiene standards, structure and cleanliness of the premises and how food safety is managed and documented.
A business is given one of six ratings from 0 (urgent improvements required) to 5 (very good).
Food hygiene ratings can be found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings
More information can be obtained from the Food Standards Agency.
Safeguards are built into the scheme which allows food businesses:
If you run a business and you wish to use any of these safeguards, you need to apply in writing. Forms can be downloaded from this page.