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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS)

The FHRS has been operating since 2011 and is a Food Standards Agency (FSA)/Council partnership initiative.  New legislation came into force in 2016 which means that the FHRS is now mandatory, replacing the voluntary scheme.

The FHRS provides consumers with information about hygiene standards of a premise.  Following a food hygiene inspection a rating is given to the premise from 0 (Urgent improvements necessary) to 5 (very good).

The purpose of the scheme is to allow consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat or shop.  The scheme also encourages businesses to improve their hygiene standards.

All food business operators MUST display their statutory rating at prominent positions at all public entrances to their premises.  They must also ensure that their rating is declared to any prospective customer enquiring about their rating by any means, for example, in person or by telephone.

Check the rating of a food business (link to external page)