Food hygiene rating scheme

We participate in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which helps you choose where to eat out or shop for food. The scheme gives you information about the hygiene standards in cafés, hotels, pubs, restaurants, takeaways and other places you visit to eat out, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.

If you have any concerns or queries please contact Environmental Health on environmentalhealth@rutland.gov.uk or telephone 01572 722 577

How does the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme work?

The scheme is being run by Rutland County Council in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. It will give 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.

It is not easy to judge hygiene standards on appearance alone so the rating also gives you an idea of what is going on in the kitchen or behind closed doors. You can check the ratings and use the information to choose a place with high standards. It is also good to share this information with friends and family.

Why is the scheme important?

Providing information on hygiene standards in food outlets gives people a good basis on which to make a 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 around one million people in the UK every year.

The scheme helps local people and visitors to the area when deciding where to eat and buy food. The scheme runs nationally which means people can make like for like comparisons with businesses in other areas. It also means businesses are treated consistently with competitors locally and more widely.

Which businesses are given a rating?

Cafés, hotels, pubs, restaurants, sandwich shops, supermarkets, takeaways and other retail food outlets, as well as other businesses where consumers can eat or buy food, are given a hygiene rating as part of the scheme.

Further information

Further information about the Food Standards Agency's Hygiene Rating Scheme can be found on the FSA website.

FSA website

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