As an NCASS member, you should be striving to gain a level 5 food hygiene rating. It’s what customers want to see. And event or market organisers too for that matter.
Use this hub to find out ways you can prepare to get a level 5 at your next environmental health inspection and for ideas about why and how you should display your rating.
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What is the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme?
In the UK every food business must undergo inspections from the local environmental health team to certify how hygienically and safely they are preparing food. Each inspection will result in a rating being awarded to the business. You could be rated 0 – 5, with 5 meaning your food hygiene standards are ‘very good’.
Consumers use hygiene ratings to help them choose where to eat out or shop for food. They use the ratings to tell them how seriously a business takes food hygiene and customer safety.
The food hygiene rating scheme is run by local authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Scottish local authorities run a very similar scheme called the Food Hygiene Information Scheme. Consumers can search for Scottish business’s hygiene ratings on the Food Standards Agency website, just as they can for businesses in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.