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Catering: Hygiene

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to require food establishments in England to display the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme information that they are supplied with by local authorities.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is operated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Food businesses covered by the scheme are provided with stickers showing their rating. Those in Wales and Northern Ireland are already required by law to display the stickers at their premises, while those in England are encouraged to do so.

The FSA considers that mandatory display should extend to England and is finalising an evidence-based case for a statutory scheme which will be submitted for ministerial consideration and ultimately cross-Government approval.

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