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Food hygiene ratings

The food hygiene rating scheme publishes ratings for food premises so that you can be more informed about where you eat and buy from. It rates how hygienically the food is prepared, not the quality of food.

Venues nationwide ranging from restaurants, cafes, takeaways, delicatessens and shops to care homes, hotels and pubs are given a rating.

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Food hygiene rating system

Food safety officers give a rating* based on a scoring system: 

  • 5 - Very good
  • 4 - Good
  • 3 - Generally satisfactory
  • 2 - Improvement necessary
  • 1 - Major improvement necessary
  • 0 - Urgent improvement necessary

* The rating represents the situation at the time of the inspection and may not be representative of overall, long-term food hygiene standards of the business.

Food hygiene inspections

The Food Standards Agency states how food hygiene inspections are done. Businesses are assessed on: 

  • Hygiene - including food handling and temperature control
  • Structure - including cleanliness, condition of structure, lighting, ventilation, washing facilities
  • Confidence in management - including evidence of a satisfactory, documented food safety management system.

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