Each business is given their hygiene rating when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. The food safety officer inspecting the business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking 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 the six ratings from 0-5. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.
Although more and more of us browse the web using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, the FSA doesn’t offer an app for looking up food hygiene ratings. Instead we provide open data and this is used by app developers and other third parties to provide apps and other services. Also, www.food.gov.uk/ratings is designed to be used on mobile devices.