Food hygiene ratings must be made compulsory- LGA

Industry
12/09/2017 - 09:04
All food premises in England should be forced to display its hygiene ratings, or ‘scores on the doors’, as part of post-Brexit legislation, urged the Local Government Association (LGA).

The body that represents councils in England said the move would improve hygiene standards and "protect people from harm."

The LGA believes that businesses - including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, supermarkets and delicatessens – that fail to comply should be fined or prosecuted.

Restaurants and takeaways in Wales and Northern Ireland are legally required to display their rating but business in England are not.

Cllr Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “The post-Brexit review of EU laws gives the government choices. We believe that food hygiene laws need to be strengthened, where necessary, with ‘Scores on the Doors’ ratings being a good area of opportunity to do this.

“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 food hygiene rating distinguishes between appearance and reality. A food outlet may have nice decor but that doesn’t mean that hygiene standards are good enough to avoid being served a ‘dodgy’ burger or salad that could pose a serious risk to someone’s health."

Council environmental health teams score food outlets from zero to five based on factors such as kitchen cleanliness, cooking methods and food management.

Under the food hygiene rating scheme, a business is given one of the six hygiene ratings from 0-5 as follows: 5 (very good); 4 (good); 3 (generally satisfactory); 2 (improvement necessary); 1 (major improvement necessary); 0 (urgent improvement necessary).

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