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Food hygiene rating scheme

Leeds now uses the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to rate the hygiene standards of a food business. The scheme is run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and replaces our previous Scores on the Doors scheme.

How are the ratings awarded?
The ratings are given in accordance with national guidance set to ensure consistency across different councils. A business is awarded one of six hygiene ratings ranging from 0 (the worst) to 5 (the best) based on how well the business meets the requirements of food hygiene law, in particular:

  • how hygienically the food is handled – safe food preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage;
  • the condition of the structure of the premises – cleanliness, repair, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities; and
  • how food safety is managed and documented – using a system such as safer food, better business or safe catering.

Please note that the rating given for an outlet does not reflect the quality of food or the standard of customer service. Businesses can also display ratings stickers and a certificate. Displaying these is voluntary at the moment so consumers are urged to check the hygiene ratings online.

More information is available on the Food hygiene rating guide (pdf) in the documents area of this page.

To search for Leeds food outlet ratings visit the FSA Ratings website in the external links section.​