UK: Barking and Dagenham Council launches the FHRS
Posted: September 7th, 2011 - 9:37am
Source: Food Standards Agency
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has rolled out the FSA’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. In total, 165 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now publishing more than 120,000 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 FSA.
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’ – this means the hygiene standards are very good. The bottom is ‘0’ – this means urgent improvement is required.
When you eat out or shop for food, look out 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.
You can find out at food.gov.uk/ratings.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is new. This means not all food businesses will have a hygiene rating yet, but more business are being rated all the time.
A different scheme, with similar aims, is being rolled out by local authorities in Scotland.