Last updated on 19 March 2012
Chesterfield, Derby, Knowsley and Nottingham launch the FHRS
Chesterfield Borough Council, Derby City Council, Knowsley Council and Nottingham City Council have rolled out the Agency's Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Nearly 200 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now publishing nearly 170,000 ratings at food.gov.uk/ratings.
Other local authorities will be rolling out the scheme over the next few months.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme helps you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places you eat, as well as in supermarkets and other food shops.
About the scheme
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.
In areas where the scheme is running, each food business is given a food hygiene rating on a scale from 0 to 5 when it is inspected by a local authority food safety officer. The top rating is ‘5’ – which means the hygiene standards are very good. The bottom is ‘0’ – which indicates urgent improvement is required.
When you eat out or shop for food, look for a sticker like the one below, showing you the food hygiene rating for that business. You might find it displayed in the window, on the door, or as a certificate.
Does your favourite restaurant, takeaway or food shop have good hygiene standards?
You can find out at food.gov.uk/ratings.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is new. This means that not all food businesses will have a hygiene rating yet, but more businesses are being rated all the time.
A different scheme, with similar aims, is being rolled out by local authorities in Scotland.
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