Our data

Data strategy

We recognise the value of data, both our own and that held by other parties including government departments, industry, academia, non-government organisations, civic society and social media. 

We have developed a data strategy explaining our approach to data management and use.

Central to the strategy are the following principles:

  • Value
  • Trust
  • Responsibility
  • Culture
  • Ethics
  • Excellence
  • Open Data

Data strategy

Information asset register

The information asset register shows a collection of different types of information relating to a topic that has a clear value and is managed together so it can be used, shared and protected effectively.

Information asset register

Use our data

All of our open datasets are available on our data catalogue and are free for you to use. A dataset can take many forms (tables, spreadsheets, database reports) but is essentially a structured set of data.

Data catalogue

Register of data standards and code lists 

The data provides the food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business and reflect the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority. Businesses include restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places consumers eat, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.

The data are held on behalf of local authorities participating in either the Food Standards Agency's:

  • national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or
  • the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) in Scotland

Data are only available for local authority areas running either of these schemes.

Guidance on using the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme API

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme data

Food and allergy alerts data

The FSA Food Alerts API provides access to current and recent Food Alerts: Allergy Alerts (AA), Product Recall Information Notices (PRIN) and Food Alerts for Action (FAFA). It provides applications with the facility to list alerts matching some filter criterion, and to retrieve a description of an alert.

Guidance on using the alerts API

Open Government Licence

You may use our information free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Any enquiries regarding the use and re-use of this information resource should be emailed to: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

Read the licence

Contact team

If you want more information about our strategy, have any comments or think you have data that we might wish to use please contact data@food.gov.uk