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15th November 2013

New law puts food hygiene ratings on menu for residential care providers

A new law passed by the Welsh Government will put food hygiene ratings on the menu for residential care providers with more establishments that serve food required to display their food hygiene rating at their premises.

The law comes into force on November 28 and will apply to schools, hospitals and children's nurseries as well as residential care homes and other businesses like supermarkets.

The statutory scheme will be based on the current voluntary Food Hygiene Rating Scheme operated by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA). As with restaurants and cafes now, ratings will have to be displayed in a prominent place, such as a front door or window, and at every entrance (pictured, below).

Food Hygiene Ratings must be displayed prominently

Food outlets will be rated from 0-5 on criteria such as how the food is prepared, cooked and stored and the condition of the premises and how food safety within the business is managed. A rating of 5 means hygiene standards are very good and 0 means urgent improvement is necessary.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford welcomed the move saying: "For businesses, good food hygiene means a good hygiene rating which could increase trade, as well as meeting food law requirements and protecting their customers from food-borne illness.”


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