To help you choose where to eat out or shop for food Dudley Council is running the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. The scheme will give you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels, and other places you eat out, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.
You can search for ratings for local businesses and anywhere else the scheme is being operated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The scheme is being run by Dudley Council in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (the central Government Department with responsibility for food safety). It will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by one of our food safety officers to check that they are meeting legal requirements on food hygiene.
Telling consumers about hygiene standards in food outlets gives them greater choice. It also recognises those businesses with the highest standards and encourages others to improve. The overall aim is to reduce the number of cases of food poisoning which currently affects about one million people in the UK every year.
Restaurants, takeaways, cafés, sandwich shops, pubs, hotels, supermarkets and other retail food outlets, as well as other businesses where consumers can eat or buy food, will be given a hygiene rating as part of the scheme.
Each business is given a rating following an inspection by a food safety officer. This is based on how well the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law at that time. In particular:
how hygienically the food is handled – safe food preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage
the condition of the structure of the premises – cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
The rating reflects the conditions found at the time of the last inspection and does not reflect the quality of food or the standards of service the business provides.
A business is given one of these six ratings:
All businesses should be able achieve the top rating of 5.
Where a business does not achieve the top rating, the food safety officer will explain to the person that owns or manages the business what improvements are needed.
Business owners and managers can find out more about what they need to do to achieve the highest rating in the leaflet at the bottom of this page.
Businesses are also given a window sticker showing their rating and are encouraged to display these at their premises in places where you can easily see them when you visit. Display is voluntary at the moment.
A charge of £169.30 will be made for a requested re-visit to re-assess a food hygiene rating.
You can read about the scheme on the FSA’s site, watch the video below which is about the hygiene rating scheme or look at the leaflet at the bottom of this page.