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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Craven District Council launched the scheme on 1st April 2012 with the hygiene rating applied to the last inspection undertaken on each food premise.

What is the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme?

The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a Food Standards Agency/local authority partnership initiative to provide consumers with at-a-glance information about hygiene standards in food businesses found during planned inspections. The aim is to help consumers to make informed choices about where to eat out or shop for food.

Under the scheme, each food outlet may display rating information on their door or window. Rating information is also available from the national website where consumers can look up a Food Hygiene Rating online

A list of those premises who have been given a rating of 4 or 5 (at 03.04.2012) can be found on the link below. 

What type of businesses are included in the scheme?

Most food businesses that supply food directly to the consumer are included in the scheme including restaurants, shops, cafes, takeaways, delicatessens, care homes, hotels and pubs.

Are there any exemptions?

Some businesses are not included, for example child minders, as the business information includes personal information. These people will have the opportunity to opt into the scheme. Premises selling only low risk food are also exempted, as are manufacturers who do not supply food directly to the consumer. These businesses are still included in the council's food hygiene inspection programme even though they may not be part of the rating scheme.

How are businesses rated?

Following each programmed food hygiene inspection an overall numerical rating, from 0 (the worst) to 5 (the best) is awarded, based on food hygiene and safety standards found at the time of inspection in the following three areas:

  • Compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures. 
  • Compliance with structural requirements.
  • Confidence in management control/procedures.

The rating does not reflect the quality of food or the standard of service provided to customers.

Safeguards for food businesses

In order to ensure that the scheme is fair to businesses, it has been designed to include a number of safeguards. These are: an appeal procedure; a 'right to reply', and an opportunity to request a re-visit when improvements have been made in order to be reassessed for a new rating. Information for food businesses about these different safeguards is provided in the various documents to the right.

Following an inspection it may take up to 28 days for the new rating to appear on our website

If you have any queries about the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme more information is available from the Food Hygiene Rating online at or you can contact the Councils Food and Occupational Safety team on 01756 706355.

What does an 'Awaiting Inspection' rating mean?

Some premises may have displayed a rating information which shows 'awaiting inspection'.  Premises which display this information are:

  • Where a 'new' establishment is registered;
  • Where there is a change of Food Business Operator such that the establishment should be registered and treated as 'new';
  • Where the Food Business Operator moves to new premises, the new establishment should be registered by the appropriate local authority and a new rating given at the first inspection

What if the food business has no rating displayed?

The scheme is currently voluntary.  It is therefore not essential that food businesses display their rating at the premises.  Premises where no hygiene rating is displayed have either chosen not to display their rating or have not confirmed their detail's to the local authority at the data cleansing stage.  These premises will be rated following their routing food hygiene inspections.

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