Food hygiene rating schemes
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) in Scotland help consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops. Resources for your business are available to help you get the most out of your food hygiene rating, or 'Pass'.
Search for food hygiene ratings
You can search for information about hygiene standards at restaurants, takeaways and food shops at food.gov.uk/ratings
About the schemes
We, in partnership with local authorities, operate the FHRS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the FHIS in Scotland. The schemes encourage businesses to improve hygiene standards. The overarching aim is to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.
Each local authority can choose whether it wants to take part or not but numbers are increasing all the time. The FHRS is now running in all areas of Wales and Northern Ireland and in 99% of England. Questions and answers about the FHRS and the FHIS can be found at the link below.
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To help ensure the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) is fair to businesses, the FHRS has been designed to include a number of safeguards. These are an appeal procedure, a 'right to reply' and an opportunity to request a re-visit when improvements have been made.
To help food businesses get the most out of their food hygiene rating, or 'Pass', the FSA has produced an online toolkit that offers ideas on how to promote hygiene standards and help increase the number of customers who come through the door or order online.
Background information about the introduction of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme for Scotland, as well as progress updates on their implementation.