Nearly 90% of local authorities now run food hygiene rating schemes (FHRS). If you operate in an area which has a FHRS scheme, the food hygiene rating of your last EHO kitchen inspection will be published on a website for your customers and the media to read. You may also display a FHRS certificate at the entrance to your establishment. The food hygiene rating is usually expressed as between 0 and 5.
Though these FHRS schemes sometimes vary in their design, most local authorities now use the FSA (Food Standards Agency) national food hygiene rating scheme that was launched in October 2010. It is hoped that this will prevent any confusion caused by different arrangements in different areas, and ensure consistency for consumers and clarity for businesses.
The FSA are keen to make the display of food hygiene ratings at the entrance to businesses compulsory and are currently consulting on this proposal.
About our FHRS support
We check you meet food hygiene regulations and that your FSMS (Food Safety Management System) is working and what you need to do to obtain a top score. If you feel you deserved a better FHRS rating and have been scored unfairly by an EHO, we can advise and support you through an appeal.
Interpretation of Current Legislation
We provide advice and interpretation of legal requirements, either involving on-site surveys or by producing briefing notes on current and future legislation.
Advice and guidance on the Food Hygiene (England/Wales/Scotland) Regulations 2006, Trading Standards legislation and all other food safety requirements, health and safety legislation, environmental protection and fire safety legislation.
Advice and guidance on Codes of Practice, Industry Guides, EU Directives.