Do you know the environment you buy or eat your food from?
What are “food hygiene ratings”
The scheme gives businesses a rating from 5 to 0 which is displayed at their premises and online so you can make more informed choices about where to buy and eat food.
5 – hygiene standards are very good
4 – hygiene standards are good
3 – hygiene standards are generally satisfactory
2 – some improvement is necessary
1 – major improvement is necessary
0 – urgent improvement is required
Do you know where to search a business premises?
What the rating covers
Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection. It is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times.
• handling of food
• how food is stored
• how food is prepared
• cleanliness of facilities
• how food safety is managed
The food hygiene rating scheme does not provide information on the following factors:
• customer service
• culinary skill
For suspected food poisoning, seek medical advice from your GP and
contact your local environmental health or food safety team
Good hygiene practices
Hand washing… Something so simple! but a lot of people don’t wash their hands correctly
Follow these five steps every time.
1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
By Marie Jones