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Food hygiene rating scheme
Have you ever wondered about the hygiene of a top restaurant's kitchen? Or how safely the pub grub you are about to tuck into was prepared before it reached your plate?
We think you have the right to know the food hygiene standards of food businesses, so we make results of food safety inspections publicly available.
Since 1 March 2012 businesses in Brighton & Hove have been included in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).
- Search Brighton & Hove food hygiene ratings
- See all Brighton & Hove premises included in the national food hygiene ratings scheme (this will take a few seconds to load).
iPhone and android phone users can now access FHRS ratings. The new ‘Food Hygiene Standards’ App can be downloaded free from i-Tunes or from the googleplay store.
The national FHRS scheme builds on the success of the Scores on the Doors pilot scheme. The national scheme includes more businesses. For example we now inspect businesses serving less than 20 meals a day, such as small B&Bs and shops which sell wrapped food (although there are some exemptions). After inspection these businesses will also get food hygiene ratings.
Food outlets are inspected by the Food Safety Team to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means 'urgent improvement necessary') to a top rating of five ('very good').
Food businesses in the city will be given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display these at the entrance to their premises to make customers aware of their standards. Customers can then use this information to choose if they want to buy food from the outlet.
Businesses that were previously included in our Scores on the Doors scheme have been given stickers and certificates for the new scheme.
The frequency of food safety inspections varies from every six months to three years. We decide the frequency of inspection by the risk posed by the food business. We use a nationally agreed scoring process to calculate this risk.
We will notify each premises of their rating in writing within 14 days of an inspection. Businesses can appeal and have a 'right to reply' to give their view on their food hygiene rating. Businesses can also request a re-visit if they have followed recommendations we have made to improve food hygiene.
If you are a food business operator and want to find out more about this process then please go to our Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Safeguards for businesses page.
FHRS data is also now available via an application programming interface (API) in XML (this can be opened in Excel) and JSON formats. Details of this may be found at: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/open-data/en-GB. With this open access to ratings information, the data is readily available and free for any third party to use. Developers can, for example, use it for apps or food businesses with multiple outlets can use it as a management tool to assess performance across their chain.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the national food hygiene ratings scheme.
If you have a concern about a food premises in the city go to our food complaints web page for more information.
If you have any queries about the national food hygiene ratings scheme then please follow the links above. If you feel your question is still unanswered please contact our Food Safety Team on (01273) 292161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.