This is awarded to food businesses based on findings of inspections conducted by local councils and is a key part of food hygiene and safety for food businesses in Northern Ireland. The score is calculated from three component scores which are;
1.Compliance with current hygiene requirements i.e. how is the food prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored?
2.Compliance with structural requirements i.e. the condition of the structure of the building(s), including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and any other services used on-site
3.Confidence in management and control procedures i.e. how is food safety in the business managed
It is also a statutory requirement for the food hygiene rating sticker to be displayed prominently on site to allow consumers make an informed choice on where they wish to purchase products or indeed when dining out.
See link below to the FSA rating scheme to allow you search for ratings in your local area;