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National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

FSAWest Lancashire Borough Council, along with many other local authorities across the country, adopted the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme on 1 June 2011.


The scheme is a Food Standards Agency and Local Authority partnership initiative to provide the public with consistent ‘at a glance’ information about hygiene standards found in food businesses during the routine inspections carried out by the Council’s Food Safety Officers. The aim is to help consumers make informed choices about where they eat or shop for food.


The scheme is specifically aimed at premises supplying food directly to consumers, which includes mobile traders, takeaways, pubs, hotels, restaurants, cafes and other places where consumers eat out. However, places where public access is limited, but where food is prepared cooked or handled and served, such as care homes, hospitals, schools and nurseries are also included. Places where people shop for food such as delicatessens, bakeries and supermarkets will also be given a rating. Each business is provided with a certificate detailing their rating, which they are encouraged to display.


There are two groups of businesses where customers might eat or buy food that are not given a hygiene rating - as they are deemed ‘exempt’. These are:

  • Businesses that are low risk to people’s health in terms of food safety e.g. newsagents;
  • Childminders and businesses that offer caring services at home.

Exempt businesses are still inspected by the Council, but they are not given a rating.



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Last Updated: 6/9/2011

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