Food hygiene rating scheme
The food hygiene rating scheme is a local authority/Food Standards Agency partnership initiative. The scheme provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by local authority food safety officers. To find a rating for a local business you can visit the Food Standards Agency website ratings.
Premises are inspected to check compliance with legal requirements and the food hygiene rating given reflects the inspection findings. The purpose is to allow consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat or shop for food, encouraging businesses to improve their hygiene standards.
In order to ensure that the scheme is fair to businesses, it's been designed to include a number of safeguards.
- An appeal procedure
- A 'right to reply'
- An opportunity to request a revisit when improvements have been made in order to be re-assessed for a 'new' rating