'Component scores' held on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme database

Last updated:
29 August 2012
The Food Standards Agency is publishing its response to an enquiry handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 asking for information on the 'component scores' held on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) database.

The 'component scores' are the numerical values assigned by the local authority food safety officer when inspecting a business to check that it meets the requirements of food hygiene law and which are then used to determine the FHRS rating given. Details of this can be found below. The numerical values are assigned in accordance with the Food Law Code of Practice which food safety officers follow when undertaking inspections.

The FSA has not so far provided details of the 'component scores' at food.gov.uk/ratings but rather has been undertaking research with consumers to understand what additional information on food hygiene might be helpful to them in making decisions about where and what they eat. In the event that the FSA decides to routinely publish the ‘component scores’, we consider it essential to provide the information to consumers and businesses in a way that is meaningful and useful and that will not confuse them. The Freedom of Information request has been received before we have been able to complete this work.

The data released in response to the Freedom of Information request is in the Excel spreadsheet provided below. The names and addresses of businesses are not included but rather, 'local authority business IDs' are provided. These may be matched with published FHRS data, where this exits, through the open data facility at food.gov.uk/ratings.