THE Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to publish recommendations that every food outlet in the country should prominently display hygiene ratings.
The scheme would involve voluntary participation initially, but the procedure is likely to be made law if establishments refuse to comply.
In an interview in the Times, Chief Executive of the FSA John Harwood said: “We now want all food outlets to put their scores on their windows or inside the premises.
"We are asking all local authorities to go and encourage food outlets to display their scores.
“I hope restaurants feel it is in their interest to display their score, but if they don’t do it, then we will have to consider compulsion.
"I don`t see why anyone should argue against it because it is about empowering consumers and telling them about the hygiene standards at the back of the house.”
The scheme, “Scores on the Doors” will apply to every kind of food outlet, and has been successfully trialed across 84 local authorities.
Once launched, the FSA plans for the scheme to cover all 400 English council areas, rating some 400,000 outlets.