Food hygiene rating schemes
The Food Standards Agency, in partnership with local authorities, is rolling out the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Food Hygiene Information scheme in Scotland. The schemes help consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, cafés, takeaways, hotels and food shops.
The schemes also encourage businesses to improve hygiene standards. The overarching aim is to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.
You can search for information about hygiene standards at restaurants, takeaways and food shops at food.gov.uk/ratings
The Agency is working with local authorities to encourage as many of them as possible to run the national schemes, so that consumers can compare hygiene ratings of food businesses in their local area and further away from home.
Each local authority can choose whether it wants to take part or not but numbers are increasing all the time. The scheme is now running in all areas of Wales and in 96% of areas in England and Northern Ireland.
Some questions and answers about the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme in Scotland, can be found at the link below.
'Local' food hygiene rating schemes in the UK
Royal Borough of Greenwich currently operates a different 'local' food hygiene rating scheme. The scheme, which also provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food outlets, is not part of the national FHRS but the local authority is expected to switch to the FHRS this year. Links to local authorities running the national FHRS can be found be found at www.food.gov.uk/ratings.
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Guidance and materials to assist local authorities operating the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This UK-wide steering group advises the Food Standards Agency on the development and implementation of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, and Food Hygiene Information Scheme in Scotland.
This section contains background information about the introduction of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme for Scotland, as well as progress updates on their implementation.
To help food businesses get the most out of their food hygiene rating, or 'Pass', the FSA has produced an online toolkit that offers ideas on how to promote hygiene standards and help increase the number of customers who come through the door or order online.