Explains what the food hygiene rating scheme is, how to find a rating, how are they scored, are all businesses included, do businesses have to show their rating and where to find out more information.
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.
All ratings will be displayed on the Food Standards Agency website; the premises may also display a sticker showing the rating score. Visit the Food Standards Agency website for full details:
Food Standards Agency (external website)
The scheme works by issuing a food business 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
5. Very good
The scheme generally includes businesses supplying food directly to the final consumer. Examples include:
If you wish to know which business are excluded or exempt from the scheme please view the document below.
Food Focus 21 (pdf 853kb opens up new window)
No, so if you see a business without a sticker or certificate, you’ll have to decide if you want to eat or buy food from there without knowing the hygiene standards. Putting an inspection result on show is a good advertisement for businesses that meet the requirements of food hygiene law.
A good food hygiene inspection result is good for business.
You can find more information about the scheme for businesses by visiting our business section.