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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
(for businesses)

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About the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Food Standards Agency

This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or shop for food.

Around one million people suffer from food poisoning every year, and the aim of the scheme is to reduce this.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker

Food premises in Adur and Worthing will be given a rating based on their food hygiene. This will be published through our website and can be displayed by the owner in their food premises.

The aim is to provide members of the public with easily accessible information on food hygiene to allow them to make a more informed choice of where to eat.

This will reward the better performing businesses and provide an incentive to owners with poor food hygiene to improve.

You can also view this video clip about the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme on the YouTube website

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What types of businesses are included in the scheme?

Most food businesses will be covered by the scheme including:

  • restaurants
  • shops
  • cafés
  • takeaways
  • delicatessens
  • care homes
  • hotels, and
  • pubs

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How does the scheme work?

Restaurants, takeaways, cafes, sandwich shops, pubs, hotels, supermarkets and other retail food outlets, as well as any other business where consumers can eat or buy food, will be given a rating. This rating will be determined by Environmental Health Officers during inspections.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker

The owners of food businesses will be issued with a sticker for them to display to the public in their food premises. Display of the rating is voluntary at present. Ratings will be based upon the standards found on the day of inspection by our Environmental Health Officers.

The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means 'urgent improvement necessary') to a top rating of five ('very good'):

Food rating 0 - Urgent improvement necessary Food rating 1 - Major improvement necessary Food rating 2 - Improvement necessary Food rating 3 - Generally satisafactory Food rating 4 - Good Food rating 5 - Very good

Consumers can also search the national system using the link from this page, where you can search by region, address or postcode.

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How are businesses scored?

Scores are based on the level of risk that a food premises poses to customers from their food hygiene arrangements.

The scheme does not reflect the quality of the food being served, but how hygienically the food is prepared. Three criteria are used for providing a rating:

  • Food hygiene and safety:
    How hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, cooled, stored and what measures are taken to prevent food being contaminated with bacteria.
  • Structure and cleaning:
    The condition of the structure of your premises, including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, equipment and other facilities.
  • Confidence in management:
    The track record of the business, attitude of the present management towards hygiene and safety, hygiene and food safety technical knowledge available and satisfactory documented procedures.

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Food Standards Agency FAQs

For further information please see:

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Appeals procedure for food businesses - operators who dispute their food hygiene rating

To ensure fairness to businesses the Councils have developed an 'Appeals Procedure' to enable food business operators to appeal the food hygiene rating given to their food business establishment.

Should a food business operator consider that the food hygiene rating given by the 'inspecting officer' is unjust he/she may appeal to the Lead Officer for Food or in their absence a designated deputy.

In cases where the 'inspecting officer' who has given the food hygiene rating is the Lead Food Officer, the appeal will be determined by the lead officer for food in another authority.

A food business operator can also appeal a 'new' food hygiene rating given to a food establishment following a re-inspection or re-visit that he/she has requested.

If you wish to make an appeal first read the:

Then complete and return the:

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Request for a re-visit

Food businesses have an opportunity to request a re-visit when improvements have been made.

Please use the 'request for a re-visit form' below:

or:

See also: Food hygiene and the law

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Right to reply

A right to reply is given following the issuing of the Food Hygiene Rating. This lets you explain to potential customers any actions that you have taken to improve standards.

Please use the 'right to reply form' below:

or:

See also: Food hygiene and the law

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Search for local food hygiene ratings

Use the link below to search for local Food Hygiene Ratings:

Note: the search works best if you input a street name and town name (eg Chapel Road, Worthing) rather than a postcode.

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