FSA plan to unify the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

 

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced today that they are setting out plans to try and encourage the remaining home authorities in England and Northern Ireland to adopt the FSA sponsored Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS)

Current records suggest that currently approximately 163 local home authorities now the run the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) while approximately another 123 local home authorities are running similar schemes known as Scores on the Doors Scheme.

The FSA have also announced a deal which will incorporate the Scoresonthedoors.org.uk under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).

There will also be be additional funding for local authorities who have been put on by the potential costs of running the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS).

The Food Standards Agency will also be looking for support from some of the chain restaurants to pledge support to the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme  (FHRS).

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) will apply to any food premises which handle open food for the consumers such a restaurants,  food manufacturers, catering outlets.

The aim of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) is to give consumers an informed choice of where they can eat based on the Hygiene Rating of a particular food outlet. The aim is also to put pressure on food premises to improve their hygiene standards.

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in now well publicised within the food industry and through the enforcement bodies that most people within these domains would be aware of it. However it is relatively unknown within the public and consumer domains and promotion within these areas is a must.

Source: Food Standards Agency FSA

 

About ABurne

Andy Burne has worked in Technical Management for many years in the food industry. Now he is a certified BRC auditor and provides consultancy to the Food Industry.