Food Hygiene Rating scheme

Closed 3 Feb 2019

Opened 3 Nov 2018

Results updated 23 Apr 2019

Number of responses: 20

This consultation sought views about food businesses having to display their food hygiene rating score. Once the results have been analysed, we plan to use the information to encourage food businesses to display their ratings and improve standards so that a higher rating is achieved.


The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme helps you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you clear information about a business’s hygiene standards. The Food Standards Agency runs the scheme in partnership with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although the scheme is set out in law, the display of the rating sticker is voluntary in England.

Ratings are typically given to places where food is supplied, sold or consumed, such as:

  • restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • takeaways, food vans and stalls
  • canteens and hotels
  • supermarkets and other food shops
  • schools, hospitals and care homes

In Brighton & Hove City Council, the Food team and Trading Standards in Safer Communities ensure that our food businesses operate fairly and safely.

Trading Standards is responsible for food standards, which includes accurate food descriptions, food labelling, composition and allergens control; and Environmental Health is responsible for food hygiene, which includes how food is handled; the physical condition of the business; and how the business manages ways of keeping food safe.

The scheme gives businesses a rating from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good).