Hygiene Ratings

How do you know if it is safe for you to eat at a restaurant or takeaway with a food allergy?

There is no guarantee, but you can gauge how safe they are by their food hygiene rating. A company that cares about their food hygiene is more likely to care about food safety, but always mention your allergies, and ask questions before going to the establishment.

A company that has a rating of 1 or 0 are for whatever reason needs urgent or major improvements, then the safety is going to be worse.

Here is what each one means:

5 – hygiene standards are very good.

4 – hygiene standards are good.

3 – hygiene standards are generally satisfactory.

2 – some improvement is necessary.

1 – major improvement is necessary.

0 – urgent improvement is required.

Businesses displaying their rating sticker is voluntary, so if you need to find out, here is the link.


Using hygiene ratings is only a guide, whether a company has rating of 1 or 5 mistakes, errors can happen.

The Guides on this website are to be used at individual’s responsibility, they are for guidance only, and not fully extensive, people are advised that it is the information is used at the responsibility of the individual.

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