The data provides the food hygiene rating or inspection result given to a business and reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection or visit by the local authority. Businesses include restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places consumers eat, as well as in supermarkets and other food shops.
The data is held on behalf of local authorities participating in the Food Standards Agency's national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Northern Ireland and Wales or the Food Hygiene Information Scheme (FHIS) in Scotland. Data is only available for local authority areas running either of these schemes.
The food hygiene rating data published at www.food.gov.uk/ratings are available via an application programming interface (API) in XML and JSON formats. This is a free service and there is no need to register to use it. Terms and conditions apply and guidance for developers is available. Full datasets available at: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/open-data/en-GB
The datasets listed below are from the participating local authorities in South East.
From March 2013, the API includes:
- three component scores for FHRS rating data (but not FHIS data in Scotland): hygiene, structure of premises, confidence in management
- more consumable and SEO-friendly URLs
- updated documentation
There is also a widget for each business. This means a hygiene rating can be displayed on your website and will update if the API data changes.