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Welsh Takeaways may be Forced to Give Food Hygiene Ratings
Proposals being considered by the Welsh Government mean takeaway restaurants may be forced to provide customers with food hygiene rating information on menus and promotional literature.
Currently restaurants are only compelled to show information on the premises meaning takeaway customers are unlikely to be aware of the food hygiene rating. Whilst consumers can ask for details at the time of ordering food businesses are under no obligation to provide them.
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Wales Director Julie Barratt told BBC News the move would close a loophole in the current legislation. “ What we want is a level playing field where every takeaway has to behave in the same way,” she said. “So those takeaways that have a low rating are going to be obliged to say they have a low rating and that will have an impact on their business.”
In November 2013 Wales became the first part of the UK to make the display of food hygiene ratings compulsory. Since then more than 50% of food businesses have achieved a 5-star rating, with those achieving 2 stars or less decreasing. The proposal is subject to a public consultation which closes on the 24th October, with any new regulations aimed for introduction in February 2015.
You can view the consultation document here.