London withdraws plans for own food hygiene scheme

By Emma Eversham

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London withdraws plans for own food hygiene scheme
Pressure from trade bodies leads to proposal for a London only food hygiene rating scheme to be withdrawn

A proposal to allow London boroughs to impose their own food hygiene system on restaurants, pubs, bars and other catering establishments in the city has been withdrawn. 

Following pressure from trade bodies the British Hospitality Association, The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and the British Beer and Pub Association, the proposal put forward by the boroughs for the London Local Authorities Bill was removed from legislation on Friday. 

Now text will recommend that councils only use the system being proposed by the Food Standards Agency in its Scores on the Doors consultation.  

The FSA is currently consulting on plans to introduce a national one-size-fits-all style hygiene scheme, but some in the industry have already questioned the way the scheme is operated. 

On Friday`s London victory, ALMR Chief Executive Nick Bish said: "This is a triumph for common sense. Theses scoring systems offer nothing for the consumer and are a burden for business." 

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