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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme



The Council now participate in the new, national ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ operated in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

When environmental health officers undertake unannounced, planned food hygiene inspections of food businesses they issue a rating between 0 (meaning ‘urgent improvement necessary’) and a 5 (meaning ‘very good’).

The rating is based on the level of compliance found during the inspection with legal requirements relating to food hygiene practices, structure/cleanliness and management controls in place to ensure food is produced safely.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme enables you to make an informed choice about where you choose to eat out or shop for food, as it gives you an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen, or behind closed doors.

The scheme is a good advertisement for businesses that comply with food hygiene law, and encourages others to improve.

You can view the rating of the place where you choose to eat or shop by checking the sticker in the window, the certificate on display inside the premises or by going online at food.gov.uk/ratings.

To find out more about the scheme see our Frequently Asked Questions.