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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS)
Rochford District Council has introduced the FHRS. This is a national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, providing information on food hygiene standards to help people choose where to eat out or shop for food.
Food safety officers inspect businesses to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections will be rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means 'urgent improvement necessary') to a top rating of five ('very good').
These ratings are available for anyone to view on the FSA website, found in related links below and the food business will be given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display these at the entrance to their premises. This means that their customers can easily see them and decide if they want to go in.
The FSA website has more information about the FHRS including, how ratings are calculated, what the different ratings mean, how often a business will be given a new rating and the rerating and appeal provisions.
The FHRS is intended to replace all the different schemes (knows as Scores on the Doors) currently being used across the country and provide consumers with a single, easy to understand scheme. You can find out more about the different local schemes across the UK and whether one is running in other areas by clicking on the link below.
The food hygiene rating scheme is not an endorsement of current standards but merely reflects the rating given at the time of their inspection.
Following an inspection it may take up to 28 days for the new rating to appear on the website.
The rating does not reflect the quality of food or the standard of service provided to customers.