It applies to anywhere that serves food including pubs, cafes, supermarkets, restaurants, takeaways, hotels and even home-based food businesses. The Food Safety Officer inspecting a business looks 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 six ratings.
5 - Very Good
4 - Good
3 - Generally Satisfactory
2 - Improvement Necessary
1 - Major Improvement Necessary
0 - Urgent Improvement Necessary
By knowing what Food Hygiene Rating an eatery has will help you decide whether it's somewhere you want to go. This video helps explain things a little more.
What if my business doesn't achieve a '5'?
The Food Safety Officer who inspects your business will explain what improvements are needed and how you could achieve the top rating of '5'.
The business is issued with a window sticker showing the rating which has been awarded following the inspection. Currently in England there is no obligation to display the sticker.
As a business, you can request a revisit, but the request must be made in writing to this department. The revisit will be unannounced and take place three to six months after the original inspection. It's important to note that the rating can go up or down, or stay the same, following the re-inspection.
The ratings for individual businesses can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.
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