FSA survey shows awareness of food hygiene rating schemes on the up

By Mike Berry contact

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Awareness of food hygiene rating schemes is growing among consumers
Awareness of food hygiene rating schemes is growing among consumers
Consumer awareness of food hygiene rating schemes and the old-style Scores on the Doors scheme is growing, according to the latest survey from the Food Standards Agency.

Three-quarters of respondents in the FSA’s latest Food and You​ survey​ reported having seen any of the stickers and certificates belonging to different food hygiene rating schemes, compared with 56% in the previous survey in 2012.

The FSA recommends that businesses should display the notices at their premises in a place where people can easily see them. In Wales it has been mandatory for pubs to display food hygiene stickers since November last year.

Respondents were also asked if they had used a hygiene scheme in the past 12 months to check a food businesses’ rating before deciding to eat there – one fifth said they had.

Overall, the survey found that 65% of respondents said that the cleanliness and hygiene of eating establishments was important – a higher proportion than good service (56%), recommendations and reviews (49%) and price (48%).

Food allergies

The survey also gives an insight into the number of people with a food allergy. In total, of the 3,500 people polled, 4% reported having an allergy. Of those, two thirds said they had seen a doctor about their allergy with 40% saying that it had been clinically diagnosed. One in 10 respondents reported living in a household in which someone had a food allergy.

The findings come as pubs and caterers gear up for the new EU allergen legislation​, which comes into force on 13 December. Under the legislation, pubs will need to display information on 14 different allergens contained in any food and drink product.

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Arbitary assessments?

Posted by Mike Coleman,

I suggest you look up the meaning of arbitary in the dictionary David. Given Environmental Health's opinion of premises versus the licensee's whimsical or capricious opinion of his/her offering, I'll go with the sage advice from the statutory authority thanks. "Less than four keeps me outside your door!"

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..not all authorities are up to speed

Posted by David Pott,

It is all well and good expecting all premises to display the arbitrary assessments.
Not all premises have been inspected yet nor are they likely to be for some time yet.

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Awareness is not up fast enough!

Posted by Mike Coleman,


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