The scheme helps customers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving clear information about the food hygiene standards of a business. Ealing Council is part of the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), and the results of food safety inspections are made publicly available.
The scheme gives businesses a rating from 5 to 0, which is displayed at their premises and online so customers can make more informed choices about where to buy and eat food. A breakdown of the scores is given below:
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
In England we do not have mandatory display of businesses food hygiene rating. You can search for a business’s food hygiene rating score.
What does the food hygiene rating cover?
Ratings are a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found within a business at the time of inspection. It is the responsibility of the business to always comply with food hygiene law. This includes:
- 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:
- Quality of the food
- Customer service
- Culinary skill
- Presentation of food.