Food: Hygiene

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th January 2016.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve access to food hygiene score information in England.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has responsibility for the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme. The FSA is currently collecting evidence on the impact of the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings at food outlets in Wales. The Government will consider this evidence carefully once it is available. In the meantime, the FSA will continue working with its local authority partners to encourage businesses to voluntarily display their ratings and to promote the scheme to consumers.

Ratings are published on the FSA website (and via phone apps), and there is open access to the data.

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