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National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (NFHRS) is run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and is the national scheme, providing consumers with an easy to understand single scheme across the UK.

How are the ratings worked out?

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Local food businesses are inspected to make sure that all food handled and prepared is safe to eat.

After a premises has been inspected it is given a rating based on the findings of the inspection. The rating goes from zero (indicating that the business needs to improve their standards); to five (which will mean that consumers can be confident that high standards are being maintained). You can view and search for premises in Cornwall that have been given a rating on the food standards agency food hygiene pages.

Three areas of the inspection are assessed having regard to food law

  • food hygiene
  • structure and cleanliness
  • confidence in management

The rating will not take into account the quality of food or service.

The businesses are asked to display their award sticker. If they wish to do so a business may appeal their score, request a revisit and/or post a ‘right of reply’ on the FSA website.

Please use the following forms to request any of these services;

Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides more details.

For further information please contact one of the food safety team either on 0300 1234 212 or by using the Environmental Health contact form.

The food hygiene rating scheme is not an endorsement of current standards but merely reflects the score we awarded a premises at the time of their inspection. Nevertheless we try very hard to make sure the information available on these pages is correct and in the case of the food hygiene rating scheme adheres to the FSA’s brand standard.

Following an inspection it may take up to 28 days for the new rating to appear on the FSA website.

New and existing food businesses wanting to gain a 5 rating, or keep the 5 rating can take advantage of our "Gain or Retain 5" service.

Find out more about Gain or Retain 5