Hygiene standards rules a step closer
EFFORTS to provide the public with more information on food hygiene standards in Wales have taken a step forward.
A debate in the National Assembly for Wales on the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Bill has taken place.
The introduction of a mandatory food hygiene rating scheme would be the UK's first compulsory scheme.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said: "This Bill will empower consumers and drive up food hygiene standards in individual businesses. The Food Standards Agency and local authorities currently run the food hygiene rating scheme on a voluntary basis and over 20,000 businesses in Wales have so far received a rating.
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"This Bill will require food businesses to display their rating in a prominent position, such as at the entrance to their premises, or face a fine."
Under the scheme, businesses will be rated with a score between 0 and 5 — with 0 meaning urgent improvement is necessary and a 5 rating meaning hygiene standards are very good."