What is the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme?
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency inn partnership with Local Authorities to provide consumers with at-a-glance information about hygiene standards in food businesses found during planned inspections.
The aim is to help consumers to make informed choices about where to eat out or shop for food. Under the scheme, each food outlet may display rating information on their door or window. It is not a legal requirement for a business to display their rating in England.
Rating information is available from the national website where consumers can look up a food business hygiene rating online.
What type of businesses are included in the scheme?
Most food businesses that supply food directly to the consumer are included in the scheme including restaurants, shops, cafes, takeaways, delicatessens, care homes, hotels and pubs.
Are there any exemptions?
Some businesses are not included, for example child minders and those businesses that are classed as very low risk such as places selling only prepacked confectionary. Maufacturers that do not sell directly to the public are also exempt.
How are businesses rated?
Following each programmed food hygiene inspection an overall numerical rating, from 0 (the worst) to 5 (the best) is awarded, based on food hygiene and safety standards found at the time of inspection in the following three areas:
- Compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures.
- Compliance with structural requirements.
- Confidence in management control/procedures.
The food hygiene rating scheme is not an endorsement of current standards but merely reflects the score we awarded a premises at the time of their inspection. Nevertheless, we try very hard to make sure the information available on these pages is correct. The food hygiene rating scheme adheres to the Food Standards Agency brand standard
The rating does not reflect the quality of food or the standard of service provided to customers.
Safeguards for food businesses
In order to ensure that the scheme is fair to businesses, it has been designed to include a number of safeguards. These are: an appeal procedure; a 'right to reply', and an opportunity to request a re-visit when improvements have been made in order to be reassessed for a new rating. Information for food businesses about these different safeguards is provided in the various documents within the download list below.
Following an inspection it may take up to 28 days for the new rating to appear on our website
The food hygiene rating scheme is not an endorsement of current standards but merely reflects the score we awarded a premises at the time of their inspection. Nevertheless, we try very hard to make sure the information available on these pages is correct. The food hygiene rating scheme adheres to the FSA's brand standard