Food hygiene rating scheme
Make an informed choice by asking 'where's the sticker' if you don't see one
If you enjoy eating out, you should know that the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) makes a real difference in helping you to make a good choice.
When you're choosing somewhere to eat for family and friends, you want to know that the business takes food hygiene seriously.
It's much harder to change your mind once you've sat down. And no one likes unpleasant surprises when eating out or the social embarrassment of finding out the food business has poor food hygiene standards with a rating of only ''0' (urgent improvement necessary), 1' (major improvement necessary) or '2' (improvement necessary'.
Checking the rating first, is one of the little things you should do for peace of mind and to help keep your loved ones safe.
The rating gives you an insight into the places you can't see like the kitchen and means you can make an informed choice about where you eat, leaving you to concentrate on the other things that make for an enjoyable meal.
Check for the food hygiene rating first, simply look for the green and black rating sticker on the window or door and if you don't see one, ask 'where's the sticker'.
What is the food hygeine rating scheme?
We use the Food Standards Agency (FSA) National Food Hygiene Rating scheme.
The scheme provides customers with information about hygiene standards in food businesses so you can make informed choices about the places where you eat out or shop for food and, through these choices, encourage businesses to improve their hygiene standards.
The ratings will look like this:
The overarching aims are to:
Reduce the incidence of food-borne illness
Provide an incentive for businesses to improve standards
Raise customer awareness of food hygiene in businesses and use this to help them choose where to eat, i.e. 'to vote with their feet’.
To find out the food hygiene rating before you choose to eat out visit the FSA website