Eating out: Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

To help you choose where to eat out or shop for food, Wigan Council is running the national food hygiene rating scheme. We have over 2,000 food businesses in the borough. This scheme provides you with information on the food hygiene standards of many of these businesses including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels and other places you eat out, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ (FHRS) is a national scheme that provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by local authority food safety officers to check compliance with legal requirements. The food hygiene rating given reflects the inspection findings. The purpose is to allow consumers to make informed choices about the places where they eat out or shop for food thereby encouraging businesses to improve their hygiene standards.

It’s not easy to judge hygiene standards on appearance alone so the rating gives you an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen or behind closed doors. You can check the ratings and use the information to choose a food business. It’s also good to share this information with friends and family.

Businesses are given a rating between 0 and 5. 0 indicates ‘Urgent Improvement Necessary’, 5 indicates ‘Very Good’.

For more information please see Food Hygiene Rating Scheme FAQ’s for residents.

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