FSA report shows improvement in Food Hygiene Rating in Wales
A report published by the Food Standards Agency recently has shown that 65% of food businesses in Wales now have a food hygiene rating of 5.
84% of food businesses are now displaying their food hygiene ratings on the entrance to their premises to customers in Wales, where it is mandatory. This is compared to just 21% of businesses who displayed their rating back in 2012.
According to the report, customer recognition of the food hygiene rating scheme has risen to 89% from just 43% in 2012.
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething commented:
“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 businesses right across the country.
“The Scheme has provided important information for consumers when deciding where to eat out or buy food and it’s encouraging to see that more consumers are recognising the ratings on the doors. This has, in turn, played a significant role in encouraging businesses to improve their food hygiene standards.”
Mandatory display of food hygiene ratings has been demonstated to be a success in Wales. Food businesses with a rating of 5 (very good) have increased by 21% with 95% of businesses having a rating of 3 (generally satisfactory) or better. Consumer recognition has continued to rise with 89% recognising images of the ratings in 2016 compared with 76% in 2014 and 43% in 2012. The research provides sound evidence that mandatory display has driven improved and sustained food safety compliance by food businesses and provided greater transparency for consumers in Wales.
The report comes after news that a compulsory display of food hygiene ratings is also planned for food businesses in England.
The full report can be found on the Food Standards Agency website
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