Guide

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Introduction

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a rating from 0 to 5 that is given to a food business following an inspection by a food safety officer from their local council.

Food businesses in Northern Ireland, including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels and other places where food is served, are legally required to display their hygiene rating for their customers to see.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local councils, encourages food businesses to deliver high hygiene standards.

This guide explains how the Food Hygiene Standard Scheme works, what food businesses need to do to achieve a high hygiene rating and how food businesses can promote their hygiene rating.