To help you choose where to eat out or shop for food, Slough Borough Council is running the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. The scheme will give you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels, and other places you eat out, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.
The scheme is being run by the council in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (the central Government Department with responsibility for food safety). Like the Safe Food Award it will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by one of our food safety officers to check that they are meeting legal requirements on food hygiene.
Restaurants, takeaways, cafés, sandwich shops, pubs, hotels, supermarkets and other retail food outlets, as well as other businesses where consumers can eat or buy food, will be given a hygiene rating as part of the scheme.
Ratings are being published for all eligible businesses which have had a food hygiene inspection or audit since 1st January 2010. We will continue to visit businesses and new ratings will be added to the published information.
A business is given one of these six ratings:
5 = Very good
4 = Good
3 = Generally satisfactory
2 = Improvement necessary
1 = Major improvement necessary
0 = Urgent improvement necessary
All businesses should be able to achieve the top rating of 5.
Where a business does not achieve the top rating, the food safety officer will explain to the person that owns or manages the business what improvements are needed.
Business owners and managers can find out more about what they need to do to achieve the highest rating on our Food Hygiene Rating for Business page.
You can look up food hygiene ratings at www.food.gov.uk/ratings.
You can search for ratings for local businesses and anywhere else the scheme is being operated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Businesses are also given a window sticker and certificate showing their rating and are encouraged to display these at their premises in places where you can easily see them when you visit. Display is voluntary at the moment.