Scores on the DoorsPosted on: 11/10/2016
England is now almost 2 years into the Food Standards Agency (FSA) strategic plan for 2015-2020. The plan is initially summarised into a simple goal, to ensure that “food is safe and what it says it is.” A consultation went on to reveal in more detail, that consumers identified three key areas that they were looking to the FSA for. Firstly, for the right to be protected from unacceptable levels of risk, secondly, the right to make choices knowing the facts, and thirdly, the right to the best food future possible.
One of the actions within the strategic plan, focussing on the second of these key areas, commits the FSA to pressing government for the mandatory display of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) results in food businesses.
Our neighbours in Wales and most recently Northern Ireland have already adopted the mandatory display of their results. In an evaluation document released by the FSA, it was reported that a substantial increase in compliance was recorded across the board with those businesses scoring higher in the FHRS being more aware of the scheme and its processes.
Within the same report a table of results showed that in 2014, 63% of businesses scoring 4 or 5 in the FHRS displayed their results, in comparison to only 20% of businesses scoring 0, 1 or 2.
It would therefore seem prevalent to also adopt a mandatory FHRS to not only push our food businesses to be better but to also meet the consumer right to make choices knowing the facts.
Thus, for those wanting to increase their scores, now is the time to act, so that should a mandatory display be imposed, a 5 can be proudly revealed.