The scheme runs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. Local authorities are responsible for carrying out inspections of food businesses to check that they meet the requirements of food hygiene law. They give businesses food hygiene ratings based on the findings of inspections and then publish this information on the Food Standards Agency's website. The Food Standards Agency is the UK government department responsible for food safety. It gives local authorities advice, training, and other support to help them run the scheme.
A food safety officer inspects a business to check that it meets the requirements of food hygiene law. The officer is from the local authority where the business is located.
At the inspection, the officer will check:
Each of these three elements is essential for making sure that food hygiene standards meet requirements and the food served or sold to you is safe to eat.
The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale. At the bottom of the scale is '0' - this means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is '5' - this means the hygiene standards are very good.
If the top rating is not given, the officer will explain to the person who owns or manages the business what improvements need to be made and what action they can take to improve their hygiene rating.
Urgent improvement necessary
Major improvement necessary
There's 19,531 takeaways in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that scored the highest food standards score 5 and are listed on our website. With latest additions on our website like: Frankie & Benny's in Broadstairs, Llaollao in Bournemouth, Burger King in Watford, Siriyada in Margate
A different scheme called the 'Food Hygiene Information Scheme' is run in Scotland. When this scheme was tried out and tested in Scotland, the public, food businesses and local authorities in that country said they wanted the scheme to continue there.
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Read more about the food hygiene scheme on www.food.gov.uk