To achieve a top rating of 5 a business must demonstrate compliance with the legal requirements for food hygiene.
Your rating is based on how you comply with three key areas:
- how hygienically food is handled
- the condition of the premises
- how food safety is managed and recorded
To get the best possible rating, check your last food hygiene inspection report and make sure you've taken all of the actions needed to ensure that you meet the legal requirements.
Actions you can take as a business owner to improve your rating:
At your next inspection, if you don't get the top rating and you have queries about the improvements you need to make ask the food safety officer for advice.
The Food Standards Agency has a range of free management tools you can use available on their website.