Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Have you noticed this banner in your local restaurant?  Teignbridge District Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to introduce this scheme last year and now over 250 authorities have adopted the scheme and more are joining as they realise the value of the scheme to both food operators and consumers.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a Food Standards Agency/local authority partnership scheme whereby the hygiene ratings of food businesses are displayed to the public.

You can find out if a restaurant, takeaway or food shop you want to eat at or buy food from has good hygiene standards by clicking on the link below.  In order to achieve a high rating the Food Business Operator (FBO) must be able to demonstrate a very high standard of food safety management and be compliant with food hygiene legislation.

Scores are given for the following three elements:

  1. Food hygiene procedures
  2. Compliance with structural requirements
  3. Confidence in food safety management/control procedures

Food Hygiene Rating








Very Good



Improvement Necessary

Major Improvement Necessary

Urgent Improvement Necessary

Displaying the Hygiene Rating

All food business establishments rated will be issued with a certificate and a sticker and will be encouraged to display this in a prominent position so it is clearly visible to members of the public.

The scheme serves as a good advertisement for those businesses that practice high standards of hygiene. This will hopefully lead to an increase in business as a reward for their efforts.

Businesses can advertise their hygiene rating. The rating awarded will also be displayed to the public via the Food Standards Agency website.


For more information on this scheme please visit