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Food Hygiene Compliance Up According to Latest FSA Report
The level of broad compliance in food establishments rose by 0.5% in 2013/14 according to figures released in the Food Standards Agency (FSA) 2013 UK Annual Report.
The document is used to inform the European Commission on progress in achieving the objectives of the UK Multi-Annual National Control Plan and summarises the results of official controls carried out during the year.
A total of 622,015 food establishments were registered with Local Authorities in the UK as at 31st March 2014 which is an increase of 2.3% on the previous year.
Broad compliance was measured in terms of a rating above three on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme with 91.7% of premises assessed reaching the standard. The scheme has been adopted by all authorities in Northern Ireland and Wales and 99% in England. In Scotland 94% of authorities operate the Food Hygiene Information Scheme.
A total of 524,491 interventions were undertaken during the year with enforcement actions up 1% to 185,385 including 343 food hygiene convictions. Licenses were suspended or revoked at 14 food establishments with 278 emergency prohibition notices issued, showing a significant decrease on the previous reporting period.
The Safer Food Better Business programme continued to develop with training given to nearly 2,000 takeaways, while the FSA report that their Food Safety Week 2014 initiative concentrating on good practice in fridge temperatures reached an estimated audience of 2.9 million.
You can view the full report here