FAQs: Food Hygiene Ratings for Northants Businesses

Businesses in Northamptonshire who are in the hospitality and food sector abide by the Food Standards Agency food hygiene rating scheme.

What is the food hygiene rating scheme?

The food hygiene rating scheme helps consumers choose where to eat, based on a businesses’ food hygiene standards. The food hygiene rating scheme is run in conjunction with local authorities in the UK.

What do food hygiene ratings mean?

Businesses are rated on an ascending scale of 1-5, the results of which are displayed online and at a business’ premises to assure customers of their compliance with food standards:


5 – hygiene standards are very good

4 – hygiene standards are good

3 – hygiene standards are generally satisfactory

2 – some improvement is necessary

1 – major improvement is necessary

0 – urgent improvement is required

food hygiene rating sticker displayed on green door with rating 5

The Foods Standard Agency is the pinnacle of food hygiene standards in the UK, and offers high confidence for consumers seeking to eat out at food establishments.

The data on which a food business is assessed by the food hygiene standards scheme are based on the cleanliness of the establishment, the method in which food is prepared, cooked and stored, as well as the way the business itself is managed.

How do I get a food hygiene rating for my business?

A registered business premises in the food industry may be inspected by the local authority. Guidance is available from local authorities as to how to prepare for inspections, and how to achieve the highest possible rating.

How do you check if a food business has a hygiene rating?

You can visit the Food Standards Agency website to search for a local food business, and whether they have a current food hygiene standard rating.

What are the 4 C’s of food safety?

mobile phone displaying food standards and image of salad


To demonstrate good food hygiene, the following 4 C’s are commonly used:

  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Chilling
  • Cross-contamination

What are the benefits of obtaining a food hygiene rating for your business?

When you register your food business with the Food Standards Agency, you will be given lots of information on how to get the most out of your food hygiene rating, how to promote good hygiene standards and help you increase customer numbers.

A high rating from the Food Standards Agency goes a long way to demonstrate to your customers that your food business is fully compliant with food hygiene, and provides assurance that your restaurant or cafe is a safe place to eat!

Another way of giving your customers confidence is by advertising in a local printed or online business directory.

Only businesses who have been verified by Local Traders Publications have their business adverts approved, so why not join local businesses and place your advert to drive even more customers to your food establishment in Northamptonshire?