Food hygiene rating display should be mandatory says LGA
Posted in Licensing | September 12, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors
Pubs and restaurants in England should be made to display their food hygiene scores by law and post Brexit legislation should enforce it, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Currently food outlets in England do not have to display the rating but displaying scores is compulsory in Wales and Northern Ireland, while in Scotland they must display similar food hygiene information.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which runs the 'scores on the doors' scheme, scores outlets zero to five based on factors such as kitchen cleanliness, food storage and cooking methods.
Simon Blackburn, chairman of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "Food hygiene standards and compliance levels have risen since the scheme was introduced in Wales.
"The lack of a hygiene rating sticker in a business means customers are left in the dark on official kitchen cleanliness levels when eating or buying food there."
A spokesman for the Food Standards Agency said plans were underway to overhaul guidelines: "Mandatory display is part of the FSA's plans for a new model of regulation but implementation will require legislation.
"We want to bring the food hygiene rating scheme in England in line with Wales and Northern Ireland, where the benefits of more visible ratings have already been felt."
The LGA said much existing food safety legislation comes from the EU and it was important it was not weakened after Brexit negotiations.
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