Food hygiene ratings

How the scheme works

Each business is given a hygiene rating when it is inspected by a food safety officer from South Tyneside Council (if the business is outside of South Tyneside, it will be inspected by a food safety officer from the business's local authority).

The hygiene rating tells you the standards of hygiene found at the time of the inspection.

A business is given one of six ratings. These are on a scale from 0 at the bottom, which means that urgent improvement is necessary, to 5 at the top, which means that the business was found to have very good hygiene standards. Any business should be able to reach this top rating.