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Food Hygiene Ratings On Display In Wales

November 29, 2013

Food businesses operating in Wales must display their Food Hygiene Ratings, as the Welsh Government becomes the first in the UK to make the scheme compulsory. Building on the voluntary ?scores on the doors? initiative, ratings must now be prominently displayed or businesses could face prosecution. The new rules will apply to all premises that receive an inspection, providing a transition period for businesses that have been previously rated.

Julie Barratt, director of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in Wales, is convinced that the new law will help to drive up standards in the industry: ?Forcing people with a low score to display their score will mean that they have an incentive to improve.?

The new scheme has not been welcomed by everyone, with the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales voicing concerns that premises that receive poor ratings will have to wait too long for re-inspections, giving consumers a false picture. The Food Standards Agency currently has no plans to lobby for similar legislation in England, where display is still voluntary, until all Local Authorities adopt the scheme. Currently 321 English authorities operate the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), with four more in the process of implementing it in their areas. Rutland County Council is the only area in England where there are presently no plans to introduce the FHRS.?

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