Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
Larne Borough Council has signed up to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) national scheme. Run in partnership with the FSA, the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) replaces all the different schemes currently being used across the UK and provide consumers with a single, easy to understand scheme.
The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has been developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities. It provides information on food hygiene standards to help you choose where to eat out or shop for food.
Food outlets such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs are inspected by food safety officers from the council. During the inspection we check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements and cover areas such as:
• 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, including having a completed safe catering pack or equivalent, the previous history of compliance in the business and staff training.
The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale of 0 to 5. A business can be given one of these ratings.
The table below shows what each rating means:
||Major improvement necessary|
||Urgent improvement required|
There are many ways to check the rating of local eating establishments; you can check the rating online, via the free phone app or look for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses are encouraged to display.
Larne Business' Food Hygiene Ratings
Food Hygiene Rating Scheme FAQ's for the public and business
Information on Safeguards for business
Further information is also available on the Food Standards Agency website: - www.food.gov.uk
Useful forms for Businesses are available below
Appeal Application Form
Right to Reply Application Form
Revisit Request Application Form
The food hygiene rating scheme is not an endorsement of current standards but merely reflects the score we awarded a premises at the time of their inspection. Nevertheless, we try very hard to make sure the information available on these pages is correct. The food hygiene rating scheme adheres to the FSA’s brand standard.
Following an inspection it may take up to 28 days for the new rating to appear on the website.