Northumberland County Council is moving from the ‘Scores on the
Doors’ system and adopting the national ‘Food Hygiene Rating
Scheme' which was launched on 02 April 2012. We have
moved to the national scheme because it will mean that the 'rating'
given by this Council will be consistent with those given by
councils elsewhere in the country.
The ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ is a local authority/Food
Standards Agency partnership initiative. The national scheme
provides consumers with information about hygiene standards in food
premises at the time they are inspected by local 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.
The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are rated
on a scale of “0” to “5”. At the bottom of the scale is ‘0’ – this
means urgent improvement is required. At the top of the scale is
‘5’ – this means the hygiene standards are very good.
Click here to view Northumberland's Food Hygiene Rating