Food hygiene rating schemes

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops.

Resources for your business are available to help you get the most out of your food hygiene rating.

Search for food hygiene ratings

You can search for information about hygiene standards at restaurants, takeaways and food shops at

About the schemes

We, in partnership with local authorities, operate the FHRS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the FHIS in Scotland. The schemes encourage businesses to improve hygiene standards. The overarching aim is to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness. The FHRS is now running in all areas of Wales and Northern Ireland and in 99% of England. Questions and answers about the FHRS and the FHIS can be found at the link below.


Frequently asked questions

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Business toolkit for promoting good food hygiene

To help your food business get the most out of its food hygiene rating, we've an online toolkit offering ideas on how to promote hygiene standards and help increase your number of customers who come through the door or order online.

Guidance on safeguards and standard forms for businesses

To help ensure the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) is fair to businesses, the FHRS has been designed to include a number of safeguards. These are an appeal procedure, a 'right to reply' and an opportunity to request a re-visit when improvements have been made.

About food law inspections

Food law inspections and your business

If you run a business that makes or prepares food, it will be inspected to make sure you are following food law. Find out what inspections might involve and the action that inspectors can take if they find a problem in your business.