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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 please visit the Food Safety Ratings website here.

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 out or shop for food, encouraging businesses to improve their hygiene standards.

In order to ensure that the scheme is fair to businesses, it has been designed to include a number of safeguards.

These are:

Information for food businesses about these different safeguards can be downloading here. More information about the scheme can be found in our factsheet.

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