Worcestershire joins national food hygiene standards
Diners across Worcestershire will now be
better informed about the hygiene standards of food outlets across
the county, thanks to a new scheme launched on today, Friday
Until recently a locally run Scores on the
Doors system has been used to measure hygiene standards in
Worcestershire restaurants, cafes, pubs and butchers.
Now Worcestershire Regulatory Services –
responsible for Environmental Health, Trading Standards and
Licensing services – has launched the new national Food Hygiene
Rating Scheme (FHRS) in the county.
The new scheme, which is in the process of
being rolled out across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will
mean that all food outlets will be measured by the same standard
across Worcestershire and beyond.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson,
Chairman of Worcestershire Regulatory Services said: “Although the
previous Scores on the Doors scheme was very successful, we believe
that moving to the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme will bring
benefits for local food businesses and their customers.
“Having a single scheme which is consistent
nationwide means that the ratings will have the same significance
wherever people are buying or selling food – and that will help
tourists visiting the area and businesses which trade across the
“Worcestershire people will be able to use the
information when deciding where to eat and we hope that food
companies will recognise that displaying a good hygiene rating is
good for business.”
Cllr Hodgson joined Lord
Rooker, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, to launch
the new scheme at the Three Counties Show, held in Malvern, on
Friday June 15.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS)
developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with
local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, provides
information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose
where to eat out or shop for food.
Local food outlets, such as restaurants,
takeaways and pubs, are inspected by food safety officers from
Worcestershire Regulatory Services, to check that their hygiene
standards meet legal requirements. The hygiene standards found at
these inspections are rated on a scale ranging from zero at the
bottom (which means “urgent improvement necessary”) to a top rating
of five (“very good”).
Ratings for Worcestershire catering
establishments and butchers’ shops which sell both raw and ready to
eat foods are available for anyone to view on the FSA website at
from June 15 starting with the County’s highest rated businesses.
Food business will also be encouraged to display a window sticker
and certificate at the entrance to their premises so that customers
can easily see them and decide if they want to eat or shop
Around one million people suffer from food
poisoning every year and the FSA’s aim in developing the Food
Hygiene Rating Scheme is to reduce this number by encouraging all
businesses to reach the highest standards. 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.
Catriona Stewart, Head of the
Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA, said: “We recognise the real
progress that has been made in improving hygiene standards in food
outlets through ‘local’ food hygiene rating schemes. But having a
single nationwide scheme will mean a level playing field for
businesses across the country and consumers will be able to
recognise and use the ratings in their own area, as well as further
from home. So it’s great news that the Worcestershire authorities
have announced their intention to switch to the new national