Limited display of food hygiene ratings in Wales restaurants, finds FSA research

By Luke Nicholls

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Related tags: Food hygiene ratings, Wales, Food standards agency

The Food Standards Agency is working with the Welsh Government to make the display of food hygiene ratings mandatory
The Food Standards Agency is working with the Welsh Government to make the display of food hygiene ratings mandatory
Only six per cent of restaurants in Wales with low food hygiene ratings of 0, 1 or 2 are actually displaying the ratings in their premises, compared with 66 per cent of those businesses which have received a rating of 5.

These are the findings of research published today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is working with the Welsh Government on making the display of food hygiene ratings mandatory.

“Even when they have a good rating, not all food businesses in Wales are choosing to display the information,” said Steve Wearne, director of the FSA in Wales.

“As they enter the business, consumers currently don’t always have the information available to them to make an informed choice.”

The research was carried out during September and October and comprised of two stages: An audit using the 'mystery shopper' technique and a telephone survey.

A total of 447 food businesses across Wales were visited and 500 telephone interviews were conducted. The interviews found that of those businesses that were not displaying the rating sticker, 41 per cent would display if they had a better rating and 16 per cent said they would display if it became a mandatory requirement.

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