New display for hygiene standards
Monday April 23, 2012
Checking out the hygiene standards of restaurants and takeaways in the borough will become easier for customers now that a new rating system has been introduced.
The new national food hygiene rating scheme (FHRS) replaces the ‘Scores on the Doors’ grading system operated in Hammersmith & Fulham since 2007.
Developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland the FHRS provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or shop for food.
Food outlets, such as restaurants, takeaways and pubs, are inspected by the council’s environmental health officers to check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at these inspections will now be rated on a scale ranging from 0 at the bottom (which means ‘urgent improvement necessary’) to a top rating of 5 (‘’very good).
These ratings will be available for anyone to view on the FSA website at food.gov.uk/ratings and the food business will be given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display these at the entrance to their premises. This will allow customers to easily see the rating and decide if they want to go in.
Around one million people suffer from food poisoning every year, and the FSA’s aim in developing the FHRS is to reduce this number. The ratings will give consumers a glimpse of what is going on in the kitchen when they eat out, or behind the scenes at the places they shop, before they make their decision about which place they prefer to visit.
Cllr Nick Botterill, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “This new system will allow customers up and down the country to benefit from a common understanding exactly how hygienic places that they intend to eat in are. It should also encourage restaurants and takeaways to ensure that their premises meet the very highest standards of hygiene.”