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New Scores on Restaurant Doors

Published: 30th January 2012 21:25


A new hygiene rating system for places where food is served will be introduced in North Herts. The nationally recognised Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) will replace the current Scores on the Doors system in Spring this year.

Since its introduction in 2009, restaurants, takeaways, schools, residential homes and other places where prepared food is served directly to the public have received a Scores on the Doors rating based on the standards of food safety. The FHRS, run by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), will cover the same range of premises.

Similar to Scores on the Doors, FHRS will rate premises on a scale of 0 to 5, with 0 meaning ‘urgent improvement necessary' and 5 ‘very good'. The overall rating will be based on various food hygiene and safety procedures, compliance with structural requirements such as ventilation and facilities, and confidence in management and procedures. By summer 2012, the FSA expects 95% of local authorities to have adopted the new scheme.

Cllr Bernard Lovewell, portfolio holder for environmental health, said: "The Scores on the Doors ratings were very popular with businesses and residents, but it has become clear that the new FHRS will become the single national food safety rating system. It will be the one that people, including visitors to the district, will expect us to use.

"While it will look very similar, we'll also be saving money by adopting the new scoring system, so it was an obvious choice. I am sure that people will very quickly adapt to the new scheme and it will become even more successful than Scores on the Doors."

At the switchover, expected to be in April this year, all businesses will receive a new certificate based on their most recent inspection. The ratings will be available for anyone to view on the FSA website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings and the business will be given a sticker to display so that customers can easily decide if they want to go in.

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