The Food Hygiene Rating scheme supercedes Winchester City Council's Safe2Eat scheme. This new scheme is national and aims to provide consumers with a recognisable indicator.
The Food Hygiene Rating scheme has been devised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in conjunction with various parties in the food industry including local authorities and consumer groups.
Hygiene ratings are given to venues where it is possible for the public to eat out or shop. Such places include restaurants, takeaways, cafes, sandwich shops, pubs and even supermarkets.
Schools, nursing homes and hospitals that provide food also receive a Food Hygiene Rating.
Food safety officers award the Hygiene Food Rating score following a full inspection of an establishment. The rating is determined by a number of key factors that include:
Ratings range from 0 to 5: