I have been campaigning for some time for food hygiene ratings to be displayed on the doors of takeaways and other food outlets across England. At the moment the system is voluntary and often only those with high ratings will display the sticker.
The display of ratings is already compulsory in Wales. In Northern Ireland they have gone even further and from next year businesses which offer online food ordering will need to publish their ratings online so that they can be seen before an order is placed.
You can find more information about my work so far here, but in summary the Government previously suggested they might be supportive but needed to wait for evidence from Wales before setting a timetable for action.
Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care said: “The FSA is exploring how a statutory scheme could be delivered in England, including display of ratings on online food ordering platforms, as part of their work to deliver a new model of regulation for food businesses – the Regulating Our Future programme, which is expected to have changes to the regulatory system in place by 2020.”
I am pleased that we are finally seeing progress when it comes to food hygiene ratings, this is a victory for common sense. The public have the right to make informed choices about where they buy and eat food.