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More Brits using food hygiene ratings scheme, FSA claims

Businesses are given stickers showing their rating for display at their premises.

More Brits are using the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to assess food hygiene standards, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Official statistics released by the agency reveal the public’s use of hygiene stickers has jumped to 66% compared to 60% in the previous wave from November 2018.

85% of respondents to the public attitudes tracker survey reported being aware of the hygiene standards in places they eat out at or buy food from. The most commonly reported ways of knowing about hygiene standards were via food hygiene ratings stickers (66%) and the general appearance of the premises (59%).

“This has been successful in Wales and Northern Ireland and we remain committed to seeing this introduced in England,” Angela Towers, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA said in a statement.

Businesses are given stickers showing their rating for display at their premises, with those in England encouraged to display these whilst those in Wales and Northern Ireland are required by law to do so. Ratings are also available to consumers on the FSA’s website.

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