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What is a Food Hygiene Rating?

As more and more professionlly run events ask food and (some) drink producers to supply a Food Hygiene Rating for their Kitchen, as a producer you should be approaching your local authority and NOT the other way around.  Event Owl has come accross a few councils, who due only to cost cuts, simply do not have sufficient staff to check on both existing and new businesses.

If you are a food processor you may have the equivalent of the rating scheme, a processor EU number.  Some event organisers do not event know about this, but Event Owl will hopefully by asking them to ask for this, will be educating everyone.  Thus ensuring our customers are kept safe and healthy in the process.  here some FAQ;s from the FSA website:

You can search for ratings at food.­gov.­uk/­ratings.

 What is the food hygiene rating scheme for?

The scheme helps you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places you eat, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.

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

 The scheme also encourages businesses to improve hygiene standards.
 Who runs the scheme?

 The scheme is run by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

 Local authorities are responsible for carrying out inspections of food businesses to check that they meet the requirements of food hygiene law. They give businesses food hygiene ratings based on the findings of inspections and then publish this information on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

The Food Standards Agency is the UK government department responsible for food safety. It gives local authorities advice, training, and other support to help them run the scheme.
Is the scheme run in all parts of the UK?

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A similar scheme is run in Scotland.

The scheme is now running in all areas of Wales and is set out in law – the Food Hygiene rating (Wales) Act 2013 and the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Regulations 2013.

 The scheme is also running in all areas of Northern Ireland.

 In England, it is expected that the scheme will be running in in all but one local authority by 2014

The Food Standards Agency is working with the one remaining local authority in England that has not yet committed to the scheme to encourage it to join so you can compare hygiene ratings for food businesses in your local area and in all other areas around the country.