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Bradford MP Calls for Compulsory Display of Food Hygiene Ratings
David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, has tabled a parliamentary motion proposing the compulsory display of Food Hygiene Ratings. Mr Ward was shocked to learn that 25 of the 3,382 food premises in Bradford had been given zero ratings by the city council, and that under the current scheme business owners were under no obligation to inform the public.
In Wales it is already compulsory to display ratings, while in England consumers are forced to search for scores on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website, a situation Mr Ward finds unacceptable. “The majority of people will not have the time or think to check a premise’s rating online before going there, so it only seems fair that people are fully informed through the introduction of a mandatory display of scores-on-the-doors,” he said.
As well as putting an early day motion before the Commons, Mr Ward has voiced his concerns in a letter to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) was introduced in 2011 and has been adopted by the majority of councils in England. The FSA have stated in the past that they would not consider making displays compulsory until all English authorities have adopted the scheme.
You can see a copy of the Early Day Motion here