Welsh Government raise the bar for food hygiene in Wales

This month marks the third anniversary of the successful Food Hygiene Rating Scheme coming into force in Wales. The Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 makes it compulsory for all food businesses in Wales – pubs, cafes, hotels and supermarkets – to publicly display their food hygiene rating on their premises.

The Welsh Government announced that, as of the 28th November 2016, all food businesses with takeaway options will be required to publish a bilingual statement on leaflets for all phone and online orders, directing customers to the food hygiene ratings website.

The ‘scores on the doors’ scheme must be reflected on flyers and menus if the business displays food for sale. This must be visible without visiting the premises. Leaflets must also remind customers of their legal right to ask for the rating when ordering, and inform customers they can check the food hygiene rating’s website.

Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said:

‘These new measures will enhance the statutory Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in Wales by filling the gap – people ordering food by phone do not have the opportunity to see the food hygiene rating of the takeaway business before placing their order.’

Recent statistics in Wales show that more than 60% of food businesses have been awarded the highest rating, an increase of 33.2% since March 2012. This is testament to success of the scheme. It is expected this figure will continue to grow in light of the latest regulations.

Joel Clendinning, Trainee Solicitor

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