Food hygiene ratings scheme

The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) was developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  It provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or shop for food.

You can look up the rating of a food premises on the Food Standards Agency website.  Please note that the scores are given at the time of the last inspection and changes may have taken place at the premises since this.

Premises which are given a rating include restaurants, takeaways, cafes, sandwich shops, pubs, hotels, supermarkets as well as any other business where consumers can eat or buy food.

The rating is worked out following a food hygiene inspection by an officer from the Council.  The officer will look at the standard of hygiene found at the time of the visit.  These include:

• How hygienically the food is handled – eg. safe food preparation and procedures including cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage.

• The condition of the structure of the premises – eg. cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.

• How food safety is managed and documented – eg. using systems such as 'Safer Food Better Business' or equivalent. The officer also looks at the premises history and confidence in management to improve/maintain standards

Once a business has been rated they will be given a rating certificate that they will be asked to display, although they are not legally obliged to do so.

The scores vary from 0 to 5 and indicate the following:   

 0 rated food sticker 1 rated food sticker

 2 rated food sticker 3 rated food sticker

 4 rated food sticker 5 rated food sticker

The environmental health team are proposing to introduce a charge for a re-assessment inspection under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. It is proposed that this will be introduced after the 1st January 2018, therefore any applications for re-assessments or rescore inspections received after this date will be subject to a charge of £122.50. It is proposed that where a charge applies there will be no limit on the amount of re-assessment or rescore inspections a business may request and also that the 3 month standstill period will not apply. For further information on this matter please contact the Environmental Health Manager on 01823 356342.