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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency in partnership with Uttlesford District Council.

Uttlesford residents can now find out the hygiene rating of food businesses in the district.

► Food Hygiene Rating Scheme - Uttlesford "flyer" (PDF 64Kb)

Food outlets are inspected by food safety officers from Uttlesford District Council, to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the bottom (which means 'urgent improvement necessary') to a top rating of five ('very good').

It is not just restaurants that are inspected - retailers such as supermarkets, bakers, butchers, delis and takeaways are also included.

The ratings are calculated on three criteria - how hygienically the food is handled, the condition of the premises including cleanliness, ventilation and layout, and how food safety is managed and documented.

All the information and scores can be found at

►  Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Frequently Asked Questions


Food Standards Agency leaflets

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme makes it easier for consumers to choose places with good hygiene standards when they are eating out or shopping for food. The Food Standards Agency has produced leaflets explaining the scheme for both businesses and consumers.

► "Good Hygiene is Good for your Business" (PDF 382Kb)

- a guide for businesses

► "Good Hygiene is Getting Easier to Spot" (PDF 221Kb)

- a guide for consumers. How to find out about the hygiene standards in your favourite restaurants, takeaways and food shops

Further information can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.  

Documents for Food Businesses

The documents below are for food business who wish to request a re-inspection and appeal or comment on their rating

pdf icon Re-inspection request form [144kb]
word icon Re-inspection request form [164kb]
pdf icon Appeal form [119kb]
word icon Appeal form [165kb]
pdf icon Right to reply form [188kb]
word icon Right to reply form [156kb]

For further information on Food Hygiene Courses or registering a new food business, contact Environmental Health Administrator, Lesley Johnston:

Tel: 01799 510483
Email: Lesley Johnston

Contact the Environmental Health department