Restaurant hygiene scheme to become compulsory

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which is already mandatory in Wales and Northern Ireland, is set to be made a permanent fixture in England too.

Even the best custom made kitchens that Cheshire has to offer can become grubby, unkempt and even dangerous if a certain standard of hygiene is not maintained. This is especially important if said kitchen is one that will be used to cook food for public consumption, which is why the scheme that rates the hygiene of UK food businesses is set to become compulsory.

The scheme, which is sometimes referred to as ‘Scores on Doors’, was brought in as a way for businesses to voluntarily let their customers know just how hygienic their kitchens were. However, it was eventually made compulsory in many parts of the UK, and now the FSA’s Local Delivery Division has stated that they will make it mandatory in England too.

Although the FSA is eager to cement the scheme, it is waiting to see how the arrangement fares on a volunteer basis, with a view to bringing about a more official scheme sometime over the next six years.

A spokesman for the FSA said:

“We want to increase that transparency across all types of food businesses to help in procurement; to help support and promote good, clean businesses – generally businesses with good safety because they are well managed.”

There are already around 400,000 enterprises, including restaurants and retailers, subscribed to the scheme across the UK.

Posted by Peter
November 12, 2014

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