Food shops help launch new hygiene rating scheme

BusinessOriginally published 5th February 2011

A new scheme which tells people how hygienic their local food outlets are will be launched in Blaby district at Fosse Shopping Park on February 10.

Businesses will be awarded certificates on the day giving them their new score under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which uses a scale from zero (urgent improvement necessary) to five (very good).

The national scheme was developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and replaces the current system being used in Blaby district where outlets are awarded one, two or three stars based on their hygiene levels.

Around one million people suffer from food poisoning every year, and the FSA’s aim in developing the FHRS is to reduce this number. The ratings will give consumers a glimpse of what is going on in the kitchen when they eat out, or behind the scenes at the places they shop, before they make their decision about which place they prefer to visit.

Ratings will be available for anyone to view on the FSA website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings and the food business will be given a sticker and certificate and encouraged to display these at the entrance to their premises so customers can easily see them.

Businesses at Fosse Park who achieved a level five rating include BHS, McDonalds, KFC, Boots M&S and Costa Coffee.

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