Food Hygiene Rating.

The ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ is a local authority/Food Standards Agency partnership initiative. The scheme provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by local authority food safety officers to check compliance with legal requirements.

The food hygiene rating given reflects the inspection findings. The purpose is to allow consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or shop for food thereby encouraging businesses to improve their hygiene standards.


In order to ensure that the scheme is fair to businesses, it has been designed to
include a number of safeguards. These are
• a right to appeal
• a ‘right to reply’
• an opportunity to request a re-visit when improvements have been made in order
to be re-assessed for a ‘new’ rating.


Scoring is based on the following categories.

  1. Confidence in management / control procedures – how the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe and so that the officer can be confident standards will be maintained in the future.
  2. Food hygiene and safety procedures – how hygienically the food is handled – safe food preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage, staff training.
  3. Food premises structure – the condition of the structure of the premises – cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.

Each of these three elements is essential for making sure that food hygiene standards meet requirements and the food served or sold to you is safe to eat.

The rating is only about the hygiene standards of the food business – it is not about the quality of the food or about the standards of service provided to customers. Any business, no matter how small should be able to achieve the top rating of 5.

The scope of the law currently extends to establishments supplying food direct to consumers – this includes restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops and other places that people eat food prepared outside of the home, as well as food retailers.


Food Safety UK provide a RoSPA / CPD Certified certificate on completion of the Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering course.  This entirely online course is approximately 3 hours in duration and provides learners with the flexibility to study, wherever and whenever they choose.


The fee for this online food hygiene course is £10 +VAT.  This allows learners access to the course materials for a period of 90 days.  Access also ceases immediately following a successful exam submission.

EHO’s from all UK regions have accepted our RoSPA / CPD certificate.


The Level 2 course content is highly interactive and engaging, offering learners a fulfilling learning experience.

The course certificate has been accepted by Environmental Health Officers in every region of the United Kingdom over the past 5 years.


Course access is via password and is available to users 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year. Learners may start, stop and resume training whenever they wish as the system saves course progress.


Food handlers from a wide variety of sectors such as Care Assistants, Police Custody Officers, Nursery Assistants, Chefs, Front of House Workers, School Cooks and Bar Persons have taken and passed the Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering course and received a level 2 food hygiene certificate.

A food hygiene certificate confirms to a visiting Environmental Health Officer that a very real attempt has been made to comply with the current Food Safety Act.  The RoSPA / CPD Certified award from Food Safety UK is an accepted proof that topics such as Food safety, Legislation, Safe storage and Cleaning have been considered and understood.

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