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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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Many local authorities participate in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which is managed by the Food Standards Agency. In those areas, food establishments are rated on their hygiene (please note that the rating is based solely on hygiene and not on food quality). A rated business is then provided with a green ratings sticker, showing its results, which can be displayed to customers in its shop window.

There is no legal requirement to display the rating given; however, the Food Standards Agency has a website that can be used to search for any rated business in your local area and view the results:

If you wish to report an issue such as poor hygiene in a food outlet, see the following website to find the relevant contact details:

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