Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
How the scheme works, how to improve your rating and what you can do if you are not happy with your rating.
What is the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme?
The National Food Hygiene Rating scheme is intended to help customers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, and other places where food is eaten. Supermarkets and other food shops are also included in the scheme.
The scheme is run by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. A similar scheme based on a 'Pass' and 'Fail' system also operates in Scotland.
Each food business is given a 'hygiene rating' when it is inspected by a food safety officer from Breckland Council. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.
When you eat out or shop for food, you might see a sticker in the window or on the door, showing the hygiene rating for that business. Although not legally required to display their rating, they are encouraged to do so for the information of customers.