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‘Stickers in windows’ food hygiene rating scheme “a big success story for Wales” – Vaughan Gething

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The introduction of a mandatory “stickers in windows” food hygiene ratings scheme has been a big success in helping to improve hygiene standards in Wales, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said today.
Saturday 28 November 2015
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Wales became the first country in the UK to introduce a mandatory food hygiene rating scheme in November 2013 when the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 made it compulsory for all food businesses to publicly display their food hygiene rating on their premises, following food hygiene inspections.

The latest statistics shows 60.8% of food businesses in Wales have been awarded the highest (very good) rating – a five. This is an improvement from 45% just prior to the legislation coming into force.

The latest figures also show:

  • The percentage of food businesses receiving a rating of three – which means generally satisfactory – or higher, is now 94.4%
  • The percentage of food business with a rating of two or below is now 5.6%
  • Only 0.2% of food businesses now have a rating of zero.

Speaking on the second anniversary of the introduction of the mandatory scheme in Wales, Vaughan Gething said:

“The introduction of a statutory food hygiene rating scheme has been a big success story for Wales, helping to drive up standards in restaurants, pubs, cafes and other food business right across the country.

“The mandatory display of the rating sticker has provided important information for consumers when deciding where to eat out or buy food. This has, in turn, played a big role in encouraging businesses to improve their food hygiene standards.

“The Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 was one of the first pieces of legislation the National Assembly for Wales passed using our new law-making powers. In doing so, we introduced a new scheme that has had clear benefits for consumers and food businesses and which has generated a major improvement in food hygiene standards throughout Wales.”

Nina Purcell, director of the Food Standards Agency in Wales, said:

“The Food Hygiene Rating scheme has gone from strength to strength since it was first introduced and has been a key driver in the improvement of food hygiene standards.

“The scheme allows consumers to know what’s going on behind the kitchen doors of a food business and then make a choice about whether to eat there or not. I’d urge everybody to make use of the scheme by keeping an eye out for the stickers in the windows and checking online before you book.”

 

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