Portsmouth has become the 170th area to roll out the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. 

Around 128,000 results from businesses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are now being published on the website food.gov.uk/ratings and a number of other local authorities are due to roll out the scheme over the next few months.

Scotland meanwhile, has launched its own Food Hygiene Information Scheme. Unlike the scheme in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which awards businesses points out of five, the Scottish scheme simply issues them with a blue Pass certificate, or a red Improvement Required. 

Within Scotland, each local authority can choose whether or not it wants to run the scheme, but 20 of the 32 Scottish authorities are currently operating it and a further six intend to launch it. Stores in local authorities running the scheme are asked to display their performance certificates in doors and windows where they can be clearly seen by shoppers. Results are also published online

Scottish food businesses, with exceptional hygiene standards can also be granted an Eat Safe award to sit alongside their Pass certificate.