Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Following a food hygiene inspection, a business is awarded a Food Hygiene Rating under the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. The Ratings are:

  • Very Good - 5
  • Good - 4
  • Satisfactory - 3
  • Improvement necessary - 2
  • Major improvement necessary - 1
  • Urgent improvement necessary - 0

The rating is based on conditions in three areas:

  • Hygiene: How food is prepared, cooked, cooled, stored, and what measures are taken to prevent food being contaminated with bacteria
  • Structure: cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest proofing and other facilities
  • Management: how businesses manage food safety and what records are kept.

You can view the hygiene ratings of Watford businesses online.

Learn more about the national Food Hygiene Rating scheme on the website of the Food Standards Agency.

Information for businesses

Businesses can appeal against that rating they are given if they believe it is wrong or unfair.

Businesses can ask for another visit to get a new rating once they make the improvements to hygiene standards that the inspecting officer asked for.

Businesses have a ‘right to reply’ if they improve hygiene standards since their inspection, or if there were unusual circumstances at the time of the inspection.

You can find the forms to appeal, request a revisit, or to use your right to reply below:

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