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The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Food Hygiene Rating - Helping you choose where to eat out

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a local authority / Food Standards Agency partnership initiative. The scheme provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by local authority food safety officers to check compliance with legal requirements - the food hygiene rating given reflects the inspection findings. The purpose is to allow consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or shop for food thereby encouraging businesses to improve their hygiene standards.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme video produced by the Food Standards Agency explains the national scheme.

The Food Standards Agency's Business toolkit for promoting good food hygiene, offers businesses ideas on how to promote hygiene standards and get the most out of their food hygiene rating.

Search food hygiene ratings in Eden.

Businesses will be issued with a certificate and window sticker and encouraged to display them. The hygiene rating will be published on line at

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 re-assessed for a 'new' rating. Information for food businesses about these different safeguards is provided below.

For further information

  • Visit: Food Standards Agency website
  • Contact: Food, Health and Safety Team
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212491
  • Address: Environmental Services Section, Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG
  • Fax: 01768 890732
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