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Food hygiene rating scheme

The rating scheme

What we check


The national food hygiene rating scheme provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or shop for food.

The rating scheme

Local authorities are responsible for carrying out inspections of food businesses to check that they meet the requirements of food hygiene law. A food hygiene rating will be given to food businesses after each inspection.

Ratings are given to not only the places where you can eat out such as restaurants, takeaways, caf├ęs, sandwich shops, pubs, and hotels; but to anywhere that prepares food including schools, hospitals, residential care homes, supermarkets and delicatessens.

What we check

At the inspection, the officer will check:

  • How hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.
  • The condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities.
  • How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

If you would like to know more about how the scheme operates please visit the Food Standards Agency website.


The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale.

This goes from '0' (urgent improvement is required) to '5' (hygiene standards are very good).

As part of the scheme, businesses are given a widow sticker to display on their premises.

The Food Standards Agency keeps a database, where you can view the ratings of the food businesses in Mansfield.

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