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Information on food hygiene ratings

Find out more about the scheme as well as information about appeals and re-inspections.

The food hygiene rating scheme is your chance to promote your standards of food hygiene to your customers.

At inspection, scores are given for three areas:

  • how hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the condition of the structure of the premises - cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
  • how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

These scores are then converted to a food hygiene rating. Ratings will be published on a national website and you will be required to display a sticker in a prominent place (such as a front door or window) to your food business to show your rating.

Food hygiene ratings

Total scoreMaximum scoring factorRatingHygiene standards
0 - 15No score greater than 55 (top)Very good
20No score greater than 104Good
25 - 30No score greater than 103Generally satisfactory
35 - 40No score greater than 152Improvement necessary
45 - 50No score greater than 201Major investment necessary
> 50-0 (bottom)Urgent improvement necessary

If you are unhappy with the score that you have achieved you have the right to reply, appeal against the score, or request a re-inspection.

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