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Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme

Food hygiene ratings scheme

Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme

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The food hygiene scheme will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, and other places you eat out. Supermarkets and other food shops are also included in the scheme.

The scheme is run by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

Each business is given a ‘hygiene rating’ when it is inspected by an Environmental Health Officer from St.Helens Council. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  • How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.

The Environmental Health Officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements are needed and how they can achieve the top rating of '5'. The local authority will check that these improvements are made.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been designed to make sure that the ratings given to businesses are fair.

Following inspection businesses may request a revisit, this request must be made in writing to this department. The revisit will be unannounced and take place 3 to 6 months following the original inspection. The rating may go up or down following the re-inspection.

The ratings for individual businesses can be found on the Food Standards Agency web site. The business is issued with a certificate and window sticker showing their rating, however, there is currently no obligation to display these.

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