Display of Food Hygiene Rating Now Compulsory

Food businesses in Northern Ireland must display their food hygiene rating from Friday 7 October 2016

The Food Hygiene Rating Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 and associated regulations have come into force, and this new legislation means that the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is now mandatory, replacing the voluntary scheme run since the end of 2011 by district councils and the Food Standards Agency (FSA). This change in the law affects food businesses including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways as well as supermarkets, other food shops and hospitals, care homes and schools.

Food businesses must display food hygiene rating sticker
No matter what the rating of the food business, they will have to by law display the hygiene rating sticker given by the district council following inspection. This can range from ‘5’ which means the food hygiene standards are very good, down to ‘0’ where urgent improvement is necessary. Under the Act staff must be able to inform customers of the food hygiene rating if asked.

Online food ordering
Next year as a result of a further regulation, businesses which offer on line ordering of food will need to publish their rating online so it can be seen before an order is placed.

If you have any queries about the new legislation on the displaying of food hygiene rating you should contact your local council.

See more on how food hygiene is getting easier to spot in Northern Ireland