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Food hygiene and safety

Food hygiene rating scheme

The food hygiene rating scheme helps customers to make an informed choice about where to eat or shop by providing information about a business’s hygiene standards. 

Hygiene ratings range from '0' if urgent improvement is required through to '5' which shows very good hygiene standards. All food hygiene ratings are published online and businesses are given a window sticker showing their rating.

Learn more about food hygiene rules.


Food allergens

In the UK there are around 2 million people with a food allergy. Allergies to particular foods, or ingredients in food, can cause allergic reactions ranging from mild to severe symptoms.

Food businesses are legally obliged to provide clear and accurate information about allergenic ingredients in their products. This includes clear information in the list of ingredients on the label of pre-packed foods. For foods sold without packaging, such as restaurant, café and takeaway meals, allergen information must be available to the consumer on request.

For more information visit:

Anaphylaxis Campaign
Food Standards Agency
NHS choices


Food labelling

The information supplied with a food product, either on a label or menu, must be accurate and comply with the requirements of Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers and the Food Information Regulations 2014.

To learn more about food labelling, complete the Food Standards Agency’s food labelling e-learning course.

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