Good food hygiene practices – including protection against contamination and pest control – are essential in retail food and beverage sites. Food safety issues can seriously damage a business’ reputation, and it is of course imperative, that the food an outlet serves is safe for consumption.
The national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) has been applicable in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 2008. Previously, local councils around the country would use their own systems to judge and record food hygiene, but the introduction of the FHRS unified the recording and publishing of food standards in the UK, and its number one aim is to encourage and promote better food hygiene.
Today, all local authorities use the same FHRS system to give food-serving businesses a rating from 0 to 5. In Wales and Northern Ireland, it is mandatory for businesses to display their food hygiene rating, and it is likely that this will be a requirement in England soon as well.