Hygiene rating is a technology-enabled, user-friendly scheme where individual food service establishments are given a rating for their hygiene and food safety compliance. Establishments participating in the scheme are awarded a consolidated “Star Rating” (between 1 to 5) based on the level of their compliance to multiple safety and hygiene parameters prescribed by FSSAI through a simple checklist. The Hygiene Rating is a powerful visual symbol that allows consumers to make informed choices by finding out how hygienic and well-managed food preparation is at any of the star-rated premises, while also boosting the business of the establishment. Moreover, it encourages businesses to improve their hygiene standards and reduce the incidence of food-borne illnesses.
Hygiene Rating can be implemented in standalone food establishments such as restaurants (even those present in food courts or hotels), cafes, caterers, sweet shops, bakeries and meat shops etc. These food establishments can be located in a market, mall, tourist spots, airport, highways, institutes, hospitals, etc. The Hygiene Rating Certification is valid for 2 years.
Pre-requisite to apply for Hygiene Rating: Before applying for hygiene rating scheme, an FBO must meet the following mandatory requirements:
FSSAI has introduced the Hygiene Rating (HR) Certification for:
Hygiene Rating has 2 simple steps:
Step 1: Verification by Auditing Agency
The stand-alone food establishment will have the option to choose an FSSAI-empanelled auditing agency, who will visit and inspect the premises for food safety compliance.
Step 2: Generation and display of Hygiene Rating
Based on the inspection, verified hygiene rating will be generated. The FBO can download the Hygiene Rating Certificate and display it in their premises where it is visible to the consumers. The simple design of Hygiene Rating Certificate, wherein the score is depicted through smileys, makes it very easy for consumers to understand the hygiene standards of restaurants.