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Takeaway Flyers to Contain Food Hygiene Ratings in Wales

March 21, 2016
Food

Takeaway businesses in Wales will be required to promote their food hygiene ratings on their leaflets from November. The new rule, which has been introduced by the Welsh government, will come into force on the third anniversary of the start of the statutory food hygiene rating scheme in the country.

Leaflets and delivery menus will have to point to the food hygiene ratings website, while businesses will be required to remind customers that they have the right to ask for details of the rating when they order. All information provided must be current.

Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “The introduction of a statutory food hygiene rating scheme has been a big success story for Wales, helping to drive up food hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes and other food business right across the country. These new measures will enhance the statutory Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in Wales by filling a gap – people ordering food by phone do not have the opportunity to see the food hygiene rating of the takeaway business before placing their order.”

More than 60% of food businesses in Wales having been awarded a five star rating; a significant increase from the 33% that got the top score three years ago. Wales was the first country in the UK to introduce a statutory rating scheme, the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 making it compulsory for businesses to publicly display ratings.