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Mandatory ‘Scores on the Doors’ Will Affect 43,000 Food Businesses

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According to ‘Big Hospitality’, more than 43,000 restaurants and catering businesses across England will be affected when a new law, dubbed ‘Scores on the Doors’, comes into force in 2019 making it compulsory for all food service premises to clearly display their food hygiene rating.

It is estimated that 44% of customers would not enter a restaurant if it displayed a hygiene rating of three or less out of the maximum five. There are currently 65,000 food premises across England, Wales and Northern Ireland falling into this category with 43,000 of these based in England.

Quoting the Food Hygiene Ratings Report from NFU Mutual, the article states that the majority (82%) of English catering and hospitality businesses already have a rating of 4 or 5. It is those with a ‘fair’ hygiene rating of three or less who will be most negatively affected by the new regulations.

“A ‘good’ score can no longer be seen as an aspiration but a minimum benchmark. Imminent compulsory displays are destined to be a game changer for those businesses struggling to reach the top grades”.

We have written extensively on the topic of food hygiene in previous articles on the Arpal Group blog, covering both the UK and the Gulf Region. It is a core part of our mission to keep food premises ‘safe and clean’.

An overview of our products and services for the UK restaurant and retail catering sectors can be found here. For the Gulf region, please visit the restaurant section of the Arpal Gulf web site.

Full article here.

The Arpal Group

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