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Mandatory display of FHRS drives up food safety compliance

On 4th December 2017, the FSA published a report which confirmed what we had long suspected; not only is the FHRS an effective way of ensuring compliance, its efficacy increases where the scheme is made mandatory.

FHRS 'empowers diners'

The report which was authored by the FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Guy Poppy found that the scheme has ‘empowered’ diners when choosing where to eat and has allowed customers to choose businesses with higher ratings.

Food hygiene standards 'gradually increasing'

Since the introduction of FHRS in 2010, standards of food hygiene have gradually increased and there are now 430,000 food hygiene ratings published at

Of those published, 67% achieved ‘5 – very good’, the highest rating possible and 95% were rated ‘3-generally satisfactory’ or better. There is now an increasing demand for the scheme to be made mandatory in England, with latest research indicating that 84% of consumers think that businesses should have to display their food hygiene rating at their premises.

Improving how food businesses are regulated going forward

The FSA are currently working tirelessly to improve the way food businesses are regulated, with the aim of developing a sustainable system fit for the 21st Century. This includes building on the success of FHRS by strengthening its robustness and resilience, as well as introducing mandatory display.

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