Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
The Food Standards Agency, in partnership with local authorities, has established 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.
The food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority. Under the scheme, food businesses are rated on a scale of zero to five with zero meaning ‘urgent improvement necessary’ and the top rating of five representing a ‘very good’ standard of food hygiene.
Information about hygiene standards at restaurants, takeaways and food shops can be found on the UK Food Standards Agency website (food.gov.uk/ratings). However, the information is also available on a mobile app which makes it easier for people to check hygiene ratings when they are out and about.
What makes this a good app?
This App ensures customers have immediate access to hygiene ratings of restaurants, takeaways and food shops. Using this app, customers can search by:
✓ current location
✓ business name (or part of the business name)
In addition, results can be sorted by:
✓ food hygiene rating
✓ business name
✓ business type
It helps customers ‘Vote with their Feet’ by giving them the information necessary to only eat or buy food from premises with high ratings. In addition, it encourages businesses to improve hygiene standards. The overall aim is to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.