A new law introduced by the Welsh Government will mean that from 28 November businesses in Wales that serve or sell food will be required to display their food hygiene rating at their premises. The statutory scheme introduced by the legislation will be based on the current voluntary Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, operated by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Food outlets will be rated from 0-5 on criteria such as how the food is prepared, cooked and stored and the condition of the premises and how food safety within the business is managed. A rating of 5 means hygiene standards are very good and 0 means urgent improvement is necessary.
Earlier this year, Dafen Chippy was given the lowest possible rating by FSA inspectors because urgent food safety improvements were required. Formal action was taken by the council, which resulted in five notices being served on the operators requiring them to rectify structural defects. The chippy was inspected again in September and has been awarded a three star rating to show that the conditions and practices are now 'generally satisfactory'.
Awareness of the original low rating was raised through an article in the Llanelli Star, but the new law will mean that food businesses in Wales will now have to display their rating in a prominent place – such as the front door or window – and at every entrance.
Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services commented: “When people buy their food, they want to be sure that the place they’re buying from follows good food hygiene practices. After all, those businesses that aren’t hygienic put consumers’ health at risk, from minor cases of food poisoning to more serious, even fatal, illness. For consumers, the rating will mean they are able to make informed decisions about where they choose to eat or shop for food. For businesses, good food hygiene means a good hygiene rating which could increase trade, as well as meeting food law requirements and protecting their customers from food-borne illness."
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