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    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    The UK Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) Explained

    When you decide to splash out a little and head out for a nice slap-up meal, you want to know that you’re getting the highest quality. Recommendations from friends, online reviews and the like can give you a general idea of how well-received that particular establishment is, but when it comes to cleanliness and hygiene, you should look towards the establishment’s rating according to the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).


    The scheme is run throughout England, Northern Ireland and Wales, applying to restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets and other food shops. It provides a rating out of 5 based upon factors including;
    • Hygienic Handling of Food – Covers preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage
    • Cleanliness & Condition of Facilities – Assesses cleanliness, pest-control, maintenance and facilities
    • Business Management & Record Keeping – Ensures systems are in place, known and followed by all staff members, and are well-documented

    After assessing each of the aforementioned criteria, the food safety officer conducting the checks then awards the establishment an FHRS score from 0-5. This number relates to the overall hygiene standards practiced by the establishment, and translates as follows:
    • Score of 0 – Urgent improvement necessary
    • Score of 1 – Major improvement necessary
    • Score of 2 – Improvement necessary
    • Score of 3 – Generally satisfactory
    • Score of 4 – Good
    • Score of 5 – Very good

    According to the UK Food Standards Agency, it is perfectly plausible for any and all establishments to reach the top rating of 5, so there really is little excuse for letting standards slip.

    The easiest way to check the food hygiene rating of an establishment is to glance in the window, where you will usually find a small green & black sticker displaying the awarded rating out of 5. If this is not clearly visible, or you wish to check out an establishment before you arrive, you can also check the rating online using this link.


    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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