Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Central to Modernisation Plans

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Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to introduce the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings in England. This follows the successful introduction of legislation in Wales and Northern Ireland that requires food businesses to display their ratings.

Heather Hancock commented: “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) is now in place throughout England. It’s an easy way for consumers and businesses to understand how well they meet hygiene rules, keeping us all safe.

“In Wales and in Northern Ireland, businesses are already obliged to display their hygiene rating. We have sound evidence of the difference that mandatory display makes. People vote with their feet because it’s easy to choose food outlets that are taking food hygiene seriously. That means good food businesses benefit from more custom. And it’s an incentive for businesses with poorer standards to improve.

“We welcome and agree with the recent comments from the Local Government Association calling for the same benefits to be realised from the scheme in England. That will mean introducing mandatory display of food hygiene ratings here and that has already been identified as an essential part of the wider improvements we are making to the regulatory system.”