Hygiene rating display becomes mandatory in Wales

By Emma Eversham

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It will now be compulsory for food businesses in Wales to display their food hygiene rating
It will now be compulsory for food businesses in Wales to display their food hygiene rating
Restaurants, hotels, pubs and other businesses serving food in Wales will now have to display their hygiene ratings by law after the Welsh Assembly's Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 was granted Royal Assent. 

While many local authorities across the UK have adopted the Food Standards Agency's food hygiene rating scheme, its adoption has so far been voluntary. 

The latest move, which is expected to come into force later this year to give businesses time to prepare, will see Wales become the first country in the UK to make the scheme mandatory and will require all food businesses to display their hygiene rating from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good) clearly to customers. 

Lesley Griffiths, Wales' Minister for Health and Social Services, said: "The scheme will enable consumers to make a more informed choice about where they choose to eat or shop for food, while good food hygiene means a higher rating which is good for business.

“I am pleased to be leading the way across the UK with the introduction of the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act."

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