Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is operated by the Food Standards Agency and delivered by local authorities.

The food hygiene rating given to a business, such as a restaurent, hotel, school ot take-away, reflects how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law. The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  • How hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • The condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

The rating given to each business is publically available through the FSA web site. Although not legally required, some businesses promote their high scores to attract more customers.
A low rating can be damaging and act as a customer deterrent.

Many companies can find it hard to increase their score or prepare for the inspections.

The Food and Drink Forum team is made up of highly qualified and experienced food technicians and environmental health experts and can provide the latest knowledge and practical guidance to help your business achieve a higher rating.

Obtaining a high rating promotes your business and gives your customers confidence that can lead to an increase in repeat and new sales