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Food Hygiene Rating Bill Moves Forward

23 Oct

Not sure this is very newsworthy but it was issued from the Welsh Government last week, so is obviously still high on their agenda.

Efforts to provide the public with more information on the food hygiene standards of food business in Wales took a step forward with a debate in the National Assembly for Wales on the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Bill.

 The introduction of a mandatory food hygiene rating scheme is a commitment in the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government and 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. 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.

The rating will be based on criteria including food handling standards – such as how the food is prepared, cooked, cooled and stored, the condition of the premises and the procedures in place to ensure the production of safe food.

Following consultation on the proposals earlier this year, the Bill includes provisions to include businesses that supply food to other businesses.

As always interested in your views  – and you can put your comments up without your true name.

 
 

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  1. producer

    October 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I should like to inform you that as a producer who has been rated by our local Council, the term food hygiene is not solely about the rating system.
    The rating does involve the hygiene of your business, however it is also about keeping records. Everything that you do in your business has to be written down in duplicate, there are daily records to keep and this must be indicated in a diary, which is inspected by the Licensing Authority.
    I have no objection to this whatsoever, all producers have a responsibility to ensure that what they are selling to the public is safe. However, what I do object to, is that there is no mention of the fact that the rating covers the keeping of records also. A producer could have excellent hygiene standards, however if he/she fails to keep records, or omits to record a proceedure, even though they do carry it out in their business, then their score is much lower.

    I should like this fact to be made known to the public, as it is at the moment, if someone scores 3 or 4 purely because they have made a small ommission in their records, even though perhaps they warrant a top score of 5 for their cleanliness and hygiene.

     
  2. Trader

    November 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I would like to thank the comments by Producer about the keeping of the records. I have attended HACCUP courses and no one has ever mentioned a diary, but will start on straight away. My HACCUP is up to date and pretty comprehensive, and has had to change a couple of times to suit different inspections, but it is a shame that everything can be spotless, produce safe, and you may get a low score because you have not written something down.