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Food hygiene rating scheme

What is the food hygiene rating scheme?

The food hygiene rating scheme makes it easier for consumers to choose places with good hygiene standards when they are eating out or shopping for food. The food hygiene rating tells them about the hygiene standards in food businesses.

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How do I find the hygiene rating of a food business?

All ratings will be displayed on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website. The premises may also display a sticker showing the rating score. 

The Food Standards Agency website can provide further information.

Food Standards Agency (external website)

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How does the food hygiene rating scheme work?

The scheme works by issuing a food business with a score of between 0 to 5 after it has had a food hygiene inspection. The scores are classified as:

0 - urgent improvement necessary
1 - major improvement necessary
2 - improvement necessary
3 - generally satisfactory
4 - good
5 - very good

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Are all food businesses included in the food hygiene rating scheme?

The scheme generally includes businesses supplying food directly to the final consumer.  Examples include:

  • restaurants
  • pubs
  • cafes
  • takeaways
  • sandwich shops
  • hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts
  • supermarkets
  • schools and nurseries
  • residential care homes and nursing homes
  • hospitals
  • wholesalers and cash and carry premises selling by retail
  • shops and stalls selling food by retail
  • armed forces bases and police stations
  • crown establishments such as prisons

If you wish to know which businesses are excluded or exempt from the scheme please click on the pdf document below.

Issue of Food Focus 21 (pdf 858kb opens in new window)

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What if my food business has been inspected and I am not happy with the score?

The food services team have published a food advice note about the food hygiene rating scheme for food business operators within the East Riding.View the advice note.

If you wish to take further action after your business has been inspected under the scheme you are advised to read the above advice note and if necessary complete the relevant form listed below:

Appeal Form (pdf 52kb opens in new window)

Request For Re-visit Form (pdf 53kb opens in new window)

Right To Reply Form (pdf 48kb opens in new window)

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Where do I find more information about the scheme if I am a consumer?

If you are a consumer you can find more information by visiting our consumer pages

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